What is the reason for senior citizens sleeping problems at night?
There are many reasons that senior citizens have trouble sleeping at night. One common reason is that they spend less time in daylight, which messes up their circadian rhythms. This is especially true for non-mobile seniors and those living in nursing homes.
Health issues, death anxiety, and medication are other common causes of sleep deprivation. Seniors also wake up more often because they spend less time deep sleep. Or they need to get up and urinate more than before (nocturia).
Sleep apnea is also an issue; pain and neuropathy, male-prostate, and limb movement could all be behind this problem.
Some are accustomed to waking up before dawn for work, and they continue to do that, which sometimes leads to the desire for an afternoon nap. Consumption of alcohol before bedtime and falling asleep with the TV on are common reasons for senior citizens’ sleeping problems at night.