What is the reason for senior citizens sleeping problems at night?
Problems with getting into a good and healthy sleep for older adults may have many reasons. Let’s review some of the sleeping disorders that may get into your way to good sleep, like insomnia, which is basically having trouble falling off to sleep.
• Periodic limb movement disorder, an unusual and extensive movement of arms and legs during sleep, is another obstacle for some people.
• Sleep apnea is stopping and starting of breaths repeatedly.
• REM behaviour disorder happens with nightmares and includes rapid movements and vocal sounds during sleep.
• And narcolepsy is irregular and uncontrolled sleep over a day.
Older adults often complain about how easily they wake up from sleep.
• So check the atmosphere, make your bedroom darker and less noisy.
• Avoid TV shows, cellphones, and laptops hours before getting to bed.
• Try to be in bed at a specific time each day. This simple tip in mind can prevent many of your sleeping deprivations.
• Sometimes excessive snoring could be disruptive to your or your partner’s sleep. It may be a symptom of the sleep disorder, apnea.
• Avoid caffeine too. It disturbs the body clock and makes it harder to fall asleep, and interferes with deep sleep.
• Any amount of alcohol makes sleep quality worse in any possible way as sleep duration and depth.
• Some drugs may interfere with your sleep as their consumption makes your bladder full overnight and wakes you up.
So if you are sleep-deprived, you’d better consult your doctor. Sometimes obsession over whether you can sleep or not and being too worried that you may feel tired the next day makes it harder to sleep.
Depression and anxiety may make it hard to turn off your brain and relax and fall into sleep. And join or muscle aches, or any pervasive pain in older adults’ lives, making it harder to drop off.