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MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study. People tend to have more trouble sleeping as they ag. MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study.

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study. Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study.

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A study was recently conducted that seems to have discovered that seniors who feel like they have a clear purpose in life end up sleeping better at night. The study concludes that people who feel like “they have a reason to get up” have less problems falling asleep at night and get a better night’s sleep overall. Sleep may also play into better Check out the following expert tips to help you sleep more soundly. is an effective treatment.

There’s a silver lining for sleep-challenged seniors. In general, older people sleep less, wake up and go back to sleep more often, and spend less time in deep sleep or dreaming than younger people. But at. The sleep cycle is repeated several times during the night and although total sleep time tends to remain constant, older people spend more time in the lighter stages of sleep than in deep sleep. Many older adults, though certainly not all, also report being less satisfied with sleep and more tired during the day.

For example, seniors may normally begin to fall asleep earlier in the night—at 8 p.m. on the couch after dinner, for example. Because of this, they may begin to wake up earlier, at 3.

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Recent evidence has suggested that a chief purpose of sleep may be to maintain cerebral metabolic homeostasis, clearing waste products that accumulate during wakefulness such as betaamyloid, a protein known to abnormally accumulate in Alzheimer’s disease.

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We have found that seniors (aged sixty to eighty years old) are unable to generate sleep spindles to the same degree as young, healthy adults, suffering a 40 percent deficit.

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There is already evidence that chronic sleep deprivation increases risk of obesity and adult-onset diabetes.

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The home institution would need to indicate its commitment to developing a sleep research program for this to be a viable, productive strategy.

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If this is the case, the solution of the behavioral problem often will need to precede treatment of the circadian rhythm disorder.

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The links between sleep, cognition, and well-being persist in patients with dementia and their caregivers, so attention to restoring sleep–wake cycles and ‘a good night’s sleep’ in such patients will reap benefits for both their night and daytime functions and may relieve caregiver burden and stress.

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Moreover, cognitive impairments respond to treatment, which qualifies sleep apnea as a reversible cause of dementia.

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Caring for aging parents or an aging spouse, or caring for anyone with a disordered sleep schedule (e.g., a person with Alzheimer’s disease) will also disrupt your sleep.

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Poor sleep might not only reduce the quality of life of the older person, it might also portend adverse health consequences.

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  • Thank you Margaret, you are lovely in white today,, As someone who has suffered with insomnia for many years and had to take pills to sleep, now that I am retired I try to take herbs and to listen to Christian meditation with ear buds, I confess phone and lap tops are a killer for sleep. Wall Yoga is amazing,
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