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insomnia in seniors

Over 60? You’re probably sleeping better than you think

About 5 years ago I wrote about the possibility that some insomnia sufferers may be getting more sleep than they think they are. A new study appears to back this up - at least in older adults. Researchers in the United States found discrepancies when comparing self-reported insomnia symptoms and [...]

The reason why seniors (and those with Alzheimer’s) find sleep difficult

As we age, we typically find it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep - yet we don't really know why. A new study set out to determine why seniors (and adults with Alzheimer's disease) appear to be more susceptible to insomnia. The study looked at the brains of 45 [...]

Being more social may improve sleep (especially in seniors)

Seniors are more likely to suffer from insomnia than younger individuals. Fortunately, we need less sleep as we age - but insomnia should not be ignored, regardless of age (or gender). Increasing social interaction may be one way to combat insomnia - particularly in the elderly who are more likely [...]

Over the counter sleeping pills come with risks, too

More than 2 million Americans are regularly taking over the counter sleeping pills to help them sleep. This trend has many doctors concerned. According to one professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, individuals who are self-treating their insomnia with over the counter sleeping pills could be putting themselves at [...]

How common is insomnia in seniors?

Just the other day I wrote about our continued reliance on sleeping pills (and how we're over-prescribing them to seniors).Today I came across an article that revealed some shocking statistics when it comes to the sleep health of our seniors.According to findings in a recent Successful Aging Evaluation, more than [...]