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Study shows aging may not have detrimental effects on sleep quality

Posted by RHHAdmin on Mar 1, 2012 6:32:00 AM

A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine concludes that preconceived notions about seniors and shut-eye might be off the mark.

More than 150,000 participants were polled to validate the notion that age is a primary factor in sleep quality. Although health issues related to aging may affect a person's nightly rest, the results of the survey show that seniors may actually get a better night's sleep than younger individuals.

"Even if sleep among older Americans is actually worse than in younger adults, feelings about it still improve with age," explained the study's lead author Michael Grander, PhD. "Once you factor out things like illness and depression, older people should be reporting better sleep."

Seniors who don't experience trouble with sleeping can still benefit from establishing consistent nighttime patterns. The Mayo Clinic recommends following a regular sleeping schedule, including going to bed and rising at the same time every day. A home health care aid can help establish a steady pattern and ensure that the right eating and drinking habits are also followed to make for a restful night's sleep.

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