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Sleep and Growing Older

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AASM  |  Aug 07, 2013
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I. Introduction 

Sleep needs change over a person's lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults -- seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Unfortunately, many older adults often get less sleep than they need. One reason is that they often have more trouble falling asleep. A study of adults over 65 found that 13 percent of men and 36 percent of women take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.

Also, older people often sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night, which may be why they may nap more often during the daytime. Nighttime sleep schedules may change with age too. Many older adults tend to get sleepier earlier in the evening and awaken earlier in the morning.

There are many possible explanations for these changes. Older adults may produce and secrete less melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep. They may also be more sensitive to -- and may awaken because of -- changes in their environment, such as noise.

Older adults may also have other medical and psychiatric problems that can affect their nighttime sleep. Researchers have noted that people without major medical or psychiatric illnesses report better sleep.

Not sleeping well can lead to a number of problems. Older adults who have poor nighttime sleep are more likely to have a depressed mood, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, more nighttime falls, and use more over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids. Poor sleep is also associated with a poorer quality of life.

Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. In fact, many healthy older adults report few or no sleep problems. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging. If you are having trouble sleeping, see your doctor or a sleep specialist. There are treatments that can help. 

II. Sleep Disorders 

If you have a sleep disorder it can be hard to get a good night's sleep. Sleep disorders can make it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep during the night and can make you drowsy during the day. The following are the most common sleep disorders among older adults:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Sleep-disordered breathing, such as snoring and sleep apnea
  3. Movement disorders, such as restless legs syndrome


Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint at any age. It affects almost half of adults 60 and older.

If you have insomnia, you may experience any one or any combination of the following symptoms:

  1. Taking a long time -- more than 30 to 45 minutes -- to fall asleep
  2. Waking up many times each night
  3. Waking up early and being unable to get back to sleep
  4. Waking up feeling tired

Short-term insomnia, lasting less than one month, may result from a medical or psychiatric condition. Or it may occur after a change in personal circumstances like losing a loved one, relocating, or being hospitalized. If insomnia lasts longer than a month, it is considered chronic, even if the original cause has been resolved.

Many factors can cause insomnia. However, the most common reason older adults wake up at night is to go to the bathroom. Prostate enlargement in men and continence problems in women are often the cause. Unfortunately, waking up to go to the bathroom at night also places older adults at greater risk for falling.

Disorders that cause pain or discomfort during the night such as heartburn, arthritis, menopause, and cancer also can cause you to lose sleep. Medical conditions such as heart failure and lung disease may make it more difficult to sleep through the night, too.

Neurologic conditions such as Parkinson's disease and dementia are often a source of sleep problems, as are psychiatric conditions, such as depression. Although depression and insomnia are often related, it is currently unclear whether one causes the other.

Many older people also have habits that make it more difficult to get a good night's sleep. They may nap more frequently during the day or may not exercise as much. Spending less time outdoors can reduce their exposure to sunlight and upset their sleep cycle. Drinking more alcohol or caffeine can keep them from falling asleep or staying asleep.

Also, as people age, their sleeping and waking patterns tend to change. Older adults usually become sleepier earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. If they don't adjust their bedtimes to these changes, they may have difficulty falling and staying asleep.

Lastly, many older adults take a variety of different medications that may negatively affect their sleep. Many medications have side effects that can cause sleepiness or affect daytime functioning.

Sleep-Disordered Breathing 

Sleep apnea and snoring are two examples of sleep-disordered breathing -- conditions that make it more difficult to breathe during sleep. When severe, these disorders may cause people to wake up often at night and be drowsy during the day.

Snoring is a very common condition affecting nearly 40 percent of adults. It is more common among older people and those who are overweight. When severe, snoring not only causes frequent awakenings at night and daytime sleepiness, it can also disrupt a bed partner's sleep.

Snoring is caused by a partial blockage of the airway passage from the nose and mouth to the lungs. The blockage causes the tissues in these passages to vibrate, leading to the noise produced when someone snores.

There are two kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when air entering from the nose or mouth is either partially or completely blocked, usually because of obesity or extra tissue in the back of the throat and mouth. 

If these episodes occur frequently or are severe, they may cause a person to awaken frequently throughout the night. This may disrupt their sleep and make them sleepy during the day.

Central sleep apnea is less common. It occurs when the brain doesn't send the right signals to start the breathing process. Often, both types of sleep apnea occur in the same person.

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common among older adults and among people who are significantly overweight. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase a person's risk for high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, and cognitive problems. 

However, more research is needed to understand the long-term consequences of obstructive sleep apnea in older adults.

Movement Disorders 

Two movement disorders that can make it harder to sleep include restless legs syndrome, or RLS, and periodic limb movement disorder, or PLMD. Both of these conditions cause people to move their limbs when they sleep, leading to poor sleep and daytime drowsiness. Often, both conditions occur in the same person.

Restless legs syndrome is a common condition in older adults and affects more than 20 percent of people 80 years and older. People with RLS experience uncomfortable feelings in their legs such as tingling, crawling, or pins and needles. 

This often makes it hard for them to fall asleep or stay asleep, and causes them to be sleepy during the day.

Although scientists do not fully understand what causes restless legs syndrome, it has been linked to a variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include iron deficiency, kidney failure and dialysis, pregnancy, and nerve abnormalities.

Periodic limb movement disorder, or PLMD, is a condition that causes people to jerk and kick their legs every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. As with RLS, PLMD often disrupts sleep -- not only for the patient but the bed partner as well. One study found that roughly 40 percent of older adults have at least a mild form of PLMD.

Another condition that may make it harder to get a good night's sleep is rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, also known as REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). It is somewhat more common in men over the age of 50.

REM sleep, or rapid eye movement sleep, is the most active stage of sleep where dreaming often occurs. During normal REM sleep, the eyes move back and forth beneath the eyelids, and muscles cannot move. In more severe forms of REM sleep behavior disorder, the muscles become quite mobile and sufferers often act out their dreams.

III. Getting Help for Your Sleep 

If you are often tired during the day and don't feel that you sleep well, you should discuss this with your doctor or healthcare provider. Many primary care providers can diagnose sleep disorders and offer suggestions and treatments that can improve your sleep.

Before you visit the doctor, it may be very helpful for you to ask for and keep a sleep diary for a week or more. A sleep diary will give you and your doctor a picture of your sleep habits and schedules and help determine whether they may be affecting your sleep.

During your appointment your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and may have you fill out questionnaires that measure the severity of your sleep problem. 

It is also helpful to have your bed partner come with you to your appointment since he or she may be able to report symptoms unknown to you like loud snoring, breathing pauses, or movements during sleep.

Since older people are more likely to take medications and to have medical problems that may affect sleep, it is important for your doctor to be aware of any health condition or medication your are taking. 

Don't forget to mention over-the-counter medications, coffee or caffeine use, and alcohol since these also may have an impact on your sleep.

The doctor will then perform a physical examination. During the exam the doctor will look for signs of other diseases that may affect sleep, such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, heart disease, or obesity. If your doctor feels more information is needed, he or she may refer you to a sleep center for more testing.

Sleep centers employ physicians and others who are experts in problems that affect sleep. If the sleep specialist needs more information, he or she may ask you to undergo an overnight sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, and/or a sleepiness, or a nap test. A polysomnogram is a test that measures brain waves, heart rate, breathing patterns and body movements.

A common sleepiness test is the multiple sleep latency test. During this test, the person has an opportunity to nap every two hours during the daytime. If the person falls asleep too quickly it may mean that he or she has too much daytime sleepiness.

IV. Treatments for Sleep Disorders 

Based on your sleep evaluation, your doctor or sleep specialist may recommend individual treatment options. It is important to remember that there are effective treatments for most sleep disorders.

If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your doctor may suggest specific treatments. You should ask for information to find out more about your condition and ways to improve your sleep.

There are a number of therapies available to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. You may want to try limiting excessive noise and/or light in your sleep environment. 

Or, you could limit the time spent in bed while not sleeping, and use bright lights to help with circadian rhythm problems. Circadian rhythm is our 24-hour internal body clock that is affected by sunlight.

Some specialists believe medications also can be useful early in your treatment, and if necessary, you can use them from time to time if you have trouble falling asleep.

People who are diagnosed with sleep apnea should try to lose weight if possible, but often they may need other treatments as well. Adjusting your body position during the night may benefit you if you experience sleep apnea more often when you lie on your back.

The most effective and popular treatment for sleep apnea is nasal continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. This device keeps your air passages open by supplying a steady stream of air pressure through your nose while you sleep.

To use the CPAP, the patient puts on a small mask that fits around the nose. Air pressure is delivered to the mask from a small, quiet air pump that sits at the bedside. The patient not only wears the mask at night but also during naps, since obstructions can occur during these times as well.

If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, sometimes a dental device or appliance can be helpful. If your condition is more severe and you don't tolerate other treatments, your doctor may suggest surgery to increase the airway size in the mouth and throat. One common surgical method removes excess tissue from the back of the throat.

Very often, people who suffer from movement disorders during sleep such as restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder are successfully treated with the same medications used for Parkinson's disease. People with restless legs syndrome often have low levels of iron in their blood. In such cases doctors often prescribe supplements.

Medications can also treat people with REM behavior disorder. If there are reports of dangerous activities such as hitting or running during these episodes, it may be necessary to make changes to the person's sleeping area to protect sufferers and their bed partners from injury.

Many sleep problems will improve with changes that you can make on your own. You can often sleep better by simply following the practices of good sleep hygiene. 

Sleep hygiene consists of basic habits and tips that help you develop a pattern of healthy sleep. There are also easy ways to make your bed and your bedroom more comfortable. See the Resources section of this site to find out how you can start down the path to better sleep. 


  1. 1 Blessing 26 Jan
    My granny is 89 and since early Dec she have been sleeping a lot she can't walk she says her legs are in pain if she stand up.she only sit maybe once or twice a day for about 5min then goes back to sleep again shes sleeping a lot.months ago she used to drink water boiled with (ganja) can that be the broblem causes her to sleep a lot.
  2. 2 Hasan abdu 22 Jan
    I am getting to 27 years but I find it difficult to go back to sleep when I wake up during the night
  3. 3 sam sandovasl 10 Jan
      Lately, I have been sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night, and getting up once to go to the bathroom.  Should I be worried.  Thanks. 
  4. 4 Rebecca Jacobs 08 Jan
    My mother 89 age she's having memory problems. Can't walk good at all even with Walker.. Always in pain. She goes to bed atv8 or 9 pm. She always wakes at 9 or 10 am . She wants myself and other caretaker to get her up at 10 am to get her dressed and started for her day. She called my phone at 11 pm and wanted to know if we were gonna get started for the day I told her it's night time go back to sleep. She did then called me again same thing this timeless 1 am. She's not letting me get any SLEEP. Why is this happening??she falls asleep very quickly usually within 10 min after going to bed and doses through out the day
  5. 5 Sara 28 Dec
    I am 80. i sleep well but I wake up at least twice because I must go to the toilet 
  6. 6 Robert 17 Dec
     I am becoming more and more concerned about my sleep pattern, lack of sleep, some bugs of late, surviving on 4 hours. I must admit that I am becoming more and more concerned. I hope that I can soon manage to get more sleep. I need it!!    ??? 
  7. 7 Bernard 16 Sep
    I am male, 64. I suffer from mild sleep apnea and use a CPAP. I bought my macine in Jan. 2015, and I was wondering how long does it serve. I checked some sites and found that people use theirs for 15000 hours in 5 years. I checked my machine usage in 5 years and 8 months and found it is 9600 hours, and realized i'm sleeping far less than others (around 4.5 hours per night) 
    I dont have any health problems, but i am able to lose weight, and it seems lack of sleep is behind the weight loss.. I will try to find a way to increase my sleep and see its effect on my weight.
  8. 8 Maia 22 Jul
    I've been only able to sleep 4 hours sometimes less in the last 20 years. It's getting worst now that I'm 40 yrs old. I've tried medication, exercises, sleep schedule, etc. but nothing is working. 
  9. 9 Barb 04 May
    Some advice, as I'm a 62 year old woman who has never had any menopausal symptoms.  I imagine I'm over that chapter.  Recent months and getting worse, I can't sleep at night.  Typically, I take three warm baths throughout the night, nearly falling asleep in tub but as soon as I get back in bed, I can't sleep.  Sometimes, knee pain but mostly just can't sleep.  Last night, didn't sleep at all until 8:00 a.m., then only an hour and a half.  Went to bed at 10 p.m. tonight, ET and here I am again wide awake... I'm healthy and never issues with sleep, usually very sound sleeper.  Any thoughts? 
  10. 10 wendy 15 Apr
    hi all, i'm 55 i have spondylosis and looking after my mum who has vascular dementia, and she came out of hospital 20th Jan 2020 after being in there for a month with pneumonia, she's 93 and as well as possible due to this cornavirus, and i wish she would sleep she gets up 3, 4 an 5am sometimes, oh an i havn't been home since 20th Jan an can't now, going a bit stir crazy, an would love some sleep, but you know what you young at hearts have done yours years of bringing up kids an working so why not if you sleep a bit more,you've derserved it, i know it annoys some of you, and you that can't sleep i sympathize i've had a bit of that an restless legs, an look at my age some of you are doing great, some with all that energy, hiking, walking, i wish i had that much energy again, i had 3 kids then i helped bring up my 3 grandsons while my younger two had just gone to high school, an loved every minute of it, now their all grown oh and miss little ones lol, ahh i hope you all sort your issues, but i think your all doing brill for your ages, wendy    
  11. 11 Zachary smart 09 Apr
     I want to turn into an adolt in one night tonight
  12. 12 Kruthi 03 Mar
    My parents telling don't sleep reversely that's about sleeping position why
  13. 13 Zarar Sheikh 13 Jan
    I just turned 73. I sleep about six hours at night on the average. Sometimes, if I wake up for bathroom during the night, it takes a while, may be an hour sometime, before I can go back to sleep. I don't feel tired and stay quite active during the day. I really have no particular worries as such. I just wonder if this amount of sleep is enough or I need to do somethong to increase the sleep time ? And what is the best way to do that. 595MY
  14. 14 Karen 03 Dec
    I seem to be sleeping too much.  Is 9 or 10 hours a night a problem? I am in very good health, though I am 81 years old.  This has been happening just in the last few months.s.  Is this a problem?
  15. 15 Richard 29 Nov
    I used to have a 1-2 hour siesta every day and slept for 6 hours per night.  suddenly, overnight, I cannot sleep during siesta but I sleep 7 hours in the night and the bed is undisturbed.
    Nothing has changed in my lifestyle!
  16. 16 Faye Reid 27 Nov
    Sometimes we overthink an issue. Check with your Dr.
    Maybe ask about melatonin. But try to relax, stop worrying,
    and sleep when you are tired, trying to keep to a reasonable routine. Do not stress, or worry about problems at night. Save that for morning! Try taking reading material to bed, ie a magazine. But don’t just lie there, miserable and angry. Get up, get your feet cold, write a letter, break
    up the misery with something pleasant.
  17. 17 Bob 27 Nov
    now I have read the stories of others people I find a lot in common with 80 year olds. Tiered early at night and waking early in mornings 4 or 5 hour sleep    Going to try cannabis jell?????
  18. 18 Linda 26 Nov
    I'm 61 and I've had problem at times getting a full nights sleep. I try to go to bed around 10 or 11 pm. Rarely stay up past midnight. Sometimes I wake at 4 or 5 in the morning. I find that if I have trouble falling asleep drinking Sleepy Time tea helps. Only problem is I'll have to get up to go pee at some point during the night if I drink the tea. But can usually go back to sleep again. 
  19. 19 Sastun 23 Nov
    To Dwayne... pot makes me dream and dream and by being aware of such, I feel restless...
  20. 20 Marcel 08 Nov
    I am 13 i go sleep about two but not everyday. For example if i would change my sleeping style that i would go to sleep at 9 would my growth hormone be good like i would still grow.
    i dont think i have any growing problems but just want to know because its a problem for me?

  21. 21 Dwayne 20 Oct
    All y'all need to do is smoke a pot of weed before bed. Helps me every-time, i'm 72. It keeps me young!
  22. 22 NWJ 11 Oct
    How often should a sleep study be repeated?  I've had one study in my lifetime which was about 18 yrs. ago.  Used CPAP for many years, stopped for 3 years, then returned to it with upgraded equipment but the only eval for that upgrade was based on the 18-year-old study.  The upgraded CPAP machine helps quality of sleep very much but aging is also taking somewhat of a toll (bathroom breaks, mainly).
  23. 23 bbn 31 Aug
    I'm 59 from military background. I had early sign of diabetes months back.I took Metforin for some time but stopped this point of time.The problem had been I feel irritation while wake up early morn.Whats go wrong as is't sleep apnea.
  24. 24 Leon Barnett 22 Aug
    At 74 sleeps varies but lately only 5-6 hours straight. I'm not tired however, hike hard uphill at least an hour a day and other strenuous chores through the day. I do drink a couple of cops of coffee and watch TV late, probably why the sleep problem?
  25. 25 Doris G 16 Jun
    I sleep 3 to 4 h and I am very tired during the day. 
    If I sleep on my left side my nose get blocked on the left side, if I turn to my right side mi nose get block on the right side. I was prescribed spray very expensive and it doesn’t work ; also got a prescription to sleep and it worked for two days. I am using the CPAP machine and still I wake up  after 3 h of sleep. I am tired and desperate, someone suggested me to ask my dr. About cannabis, but  I am not really sure about that.
  26. 26 Christopher 13 May
    I am 79 up until Sept last year I was always busy and on the go. However I then had a heart attack and had a couple of stents fitted, I take a blood thinning tablet and a 75mg aspirin once a day, but I feel always tired and can and often do sleep 10 hours a day, I get up at 7am to get breakfast for partner and the cat but can't wait to go back to bed until midday. I have a number of things that need doing but can not find the energy
  27. 27 Kris V 28 Apr
    I always sleep after 10 and get up at 3 am or 4 am. This makes me sleepy during the day. Being a morning person, I prefer to get everthing for the day done early. However, having three stents means I am on tablets that make me sleepy. I therefore get back in bed at 7.30 am in the morning if I can. It makes it harder to keep my eyes open if I do not get any morning sleep. Having slept in the morning, I don't need sleep later in the day.
  28. 28 James Bryans 27 Apr
    I am 67 and do hard physical labor everyday, but I still have problems sleeping continuously. I have ckd stage 3 and sometimes sore muscles and tendons. Any suggestions here? Medications are out of the question because of the ckd.
  29. 29 Kate Brownell 16 Apr
    One year back also I slept well. Now I am a sleep insomnia patient. I am afraid that it will not get cure ever. I am now using cpap masks for side sleepers and having a good night sleep with this. Still I am looking some natural remedies or any surgery that can cure sleep disorder from root. I am not married. I can’t marry with this sleep disorder. I am 28 now, wan’t to cure it immediately. Any solution?
  30. 30 Dalton 01 Mar
    am a 60 years of age & with age my stomach  has become in larged but I’ve. It gained any weight since my stomach as become this way, I’ve been to see my Gp many of time & iv also had test done, my GP can not find any problems, all test have come back as normal & are not showing anything abnormal to do with my stomach, bowl ect.. I find myself being tired a lot & my energy level done seem to be highly for nothing but work.. I do not drink eirther do I take drugs, my diet is balanced.. my style is active, I sleep throw the night & I sleep deeply during my time I go to bed & get up in the morning.. am a happy person with a sleepy mind.. can anyone help or no of what mybe causing this to happen.. 
  31. 31 Elizabeth 01 Mar
    i am a good sleeper about 6 or 7 hrsa night up early busy keeping up with washing have breakfast  at  8 may be i sit to long and fall a sleep have to keep moving  i am 84.
  32. 32 jamie 27 Feb
    I've been sick and now off meds, but developed horrible insomnia. I sleep 2 hours at a time and can't go back to sleep. I use natural supplements and sleep rx to fall asleep. Usually get 4-6 hours of sleep, but interrupted. By 4-6 a.m. I give up then am miserable and don't get anything done. I've tried naps. I'm worried about my health at this point. Ideas? 
  33. 33 Anne 27 Feb
    I wake up between 3 and 4 every morning and cannot get back to sleep. I get between 5 and 6 hrs. sleep each night. I'm 68 and things have sure changed.
  34. 34 Eric 26 Feb
    I am 53 years old and in general I have never had sleep problems before. Recently I started waking up around three or 4 AM after only being asleep for 2 to 4 hours. I am then unable to get back to sleep. 
  35. 35 John 18 Feb
    I am 80 yrs o. & have had an abnormal 20 to even longer normal day before I go to bed. Then sometimes sleep 8 - 9 hrs, sometimes. Over last several yrs I cannot get to sleep at all: get up after lying in bed awake for 3-4 hrs get up and often do not go to bed until the next day. Rx meds used to help but I get acclimated to most. Then they do not work. Heath provider will not Rx them anyway. Am up after trying to sleep writing this 3:30am!
  36. 36 Mustafa Ganiji 22 Jan
    I have problem in falling a sleep  I go to bed at 11 and struggle to sleep sometime I can't sleep till 4 am and during  the day I dose when ever I get a chance my mother had a same problem and also my son n daughter can it be genetic please advise  many thanks 
  37. 37 Mustafa Ganiji 22 Jan
  38. 38 Gaynor 05 Jan
    i am 83 and have disrupted sleep. Go to bed around 9 pm. wake about 6am.  After breakfast I sleep in the chair for about an hour unless I am going somewhere.  I think boredom has a lot to do with it. I try hot milk and Manuka honey with a dash of whiskey if I wake in the early hours.  That gets me off to sleep again.  Old age is not for cissies.
  39. 39 Joe 04 Dec
    I have never required more than 6 hours of sleep a night. Now at age 83 I still do not require any more. I have unboundless energy  and do not ever take a nap.
  40. 40 Peter Easton 13 Nov
    I am 76 and retired three years ago. I find that I am sleeping a great deal -- averaging 9-10 hours a night plus an hour of napping most days, sometimes more (without the nap), occasionally less. I exercise and hike and work on our landscape, all of which I find very enjoyable. I have a bovine aortic heart valve heading toward replacement and I take some beta-blockers that may contribute to my drowsiness. Otherwise I appear to be in very good health but am curious about the lengthy sleeping. I often wake up at 4 AM, but then go back to a very drugged sleep till 8 or so.
  41. 41 Anthea 28 Oct
    My boyfriend is 52 years old nd he falls asleep every opportunity he gets, whether while watching TV or in the middle of a conversation or just abt anytime anywhere. I'm very concerned about this as he is a bit over weight and snores heavily. Please give advice as he denies having a health problem. 
  42. 42 Marilyn K 23 Oct
    Hi, I sleep alot any more and always still sleepy.I have chronic auto amuine definncey and no matter what or how much energy 
    Drinks I drink it still isn't working and liquid B drops it as help. I feel it's mostly to do with depression not being able to take on why I'm 68 and what kinda work can I don't my age, to much to add here so I`m going to leave you with this much 
  43. 43 William Mc Cormack 25 Oct
    I am aged 78 and have a heart condition which leaves me feeling tired most of the day. About 5pm each evening I nod of suddenly for a few minuets or even half an hour. Before going to bed at night I take a 5mg Xanax tablet this gives me good sleep uninterrupted for six hours and rather pleasant normal dreams. Some mornings when I wake up  I am able to return to sleep for another hour before getting up. Try a Xanax for a good nights sleep. 
  44. 44 Mary Rodgers 09 Sep
    Ive been waking up at 3am n feeling ive had enough sleep.  I get started with housework that needs to be done for the day. I began to feel tired by 8:30pm yet i wait til 9:30pm to go to bed cause the earlier i go to bed the earlier i wake
    up feeling ive had enough sleep.
  45. 45 EmilyI do 05 Aug
     I am 83 have been active all my life. My husband of 54 years died 7 yrs ago.I have become reclusive and now Have at children's insistence moved into a  luxery continued care facility.My knees are hurting and physical strength is terrible. I do not wish to participate in activitys.I drive and read voraciously BUT Iam sleeping well 7-8 hours then every time I sit.. Bingo. Nap time
  46. 46 Veronica Hoare 12 Jul
    My problems with sleep began at menapause and were cured completely by H R T. However when I stopped taking it after about 10 years it returned with a vengeance. 
    Know at 71 and going through difficult times I have great difficulty going to sleep hardly ever feel drowsy and wake early. About 5 to 6 hours a night. 
  47. 47 annie 22 Jun
    I believe boredom plays a huge part in the need for more sleep.  Even with a lot of activities available for seniors, there are long periods alone.  Time to think about lost partners or children who are busy and believe the senior is doing just fine.  Sleep is an escape from depression and boredom and can easily become a habit.  A stimulating project can be the cure whether it is crafts or writing or recording a life story.
  48. 48 mary moore 09 May
    I have been sleeping more hours than ever 10-11. I am tired when I get up but recoup soon after. I always loved to sleep,but always arose early with children and work. With retirement I slept,at first, 8 hrs. now after 22  yrs. I'm sleeping more! I am 85 yrs. old.Get up at least once during sleep,but always go back quickly!
  49. 49 Maria Robson 10 Apr
    When young, I always slept very well, out like a light until the alarm went off the next morning.  But now aged 60, I find I am waking up really early say 4.00 am and cannot get back to sleep and always fall asleep in front of the telly around 8.00 pm.   Your sleep pattern certainly changes as you age.
  50. 50 Joyce Elliott 27 Feb
    To Mac S.
    I am almost 83 and sleep about the same as you, then want to nap during the day. It bothers me, since I never napped as a younger Person!  I do not have conditions such as sleep apnea, sleep very soundly, and get up only once when nature calls (some nights not at all). Please share if you get answers. Thanks.
  51. 51 AASM 09 May
    Mac - Talk to your doctor about your long sleep duration. Another medical problem or medication may be causing your sleepiness. 
  52. 52 Mac Stevenson 14 Jan
    I've been sleeping 10-10 1/2 hours quite often. Is this normal for someone who is 81? If anyone could give me a good answer, I'd appreciate it.
  53. 53 mary 11 Oct
    Ive ben waking up at two and three am cant get back to slep im a senior