Sleep

Simple tweaks can help you overcome sleep issues

Sleep problems increase with age.

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Q: Does the need for sleep change with age? My parents can’t seem to get enough.

A: Sleep problems and disturbances unfortunately become common with age.

Sleep patterns and habits often change, and a person may have trouble falling asleep or may not be able to stay asleep as long as before.

Others wake up frequently at night and are unable to get the quality sleep they need.

The reasons for these sleep disturbances can cover a range of primary sleep disorders, medical conditions, medications, and even common everyday substances.

Older people may experience:

Insomnia — Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or having restless sleep.

Sleep Apnea — brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) — the irresistible urge to move the legs during sleep.