Age Related Sleep Disorders

Whether you are a family caregiver or an elderly person with trouble sleeping, it is important to raise awareness of the symptoms and consequences of sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can have devastating effects, increasing chances for complications of illness, sensitivity to pain, and increased risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease and a weakened immune system. Understanding the risks and knowing when to seek medical attention is crucial to caring for yourself or a loved one with a sleep issue.

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Seniors and Sleep: Why Seniors Are Often Sleep Deprived
Article on WebMD.com examines and expands on the myth that seniors need more sleep in their later years than they did earlier in life.

Aging and Sleeping
The National Sleep Foundation provides helpful information about changing sleep patterns people face as they age.

Sleep and Aging: The Effects of Aging on Sleep and Sleep Patterns
Article on Sleep-Deprivation.com outlines the challenges faced by more than 50 percent of men and women over the age of 65 on a nightly basis.

Sundowning
The MayoClinic.com offers some helpful advice for dealing with dementia patients who experience symptoms of “sundowning,” a state of confusion at the end of the day and into the night.

Seniors and Wandering
FamilyEducation.com provides useful tips and outlines safety risks for handling nighttime wandering in seniors.

Caregiver Insomnia
Article details the causes of insomnia in caregivers and offers suggestions for treatment, courtesy of Strengthforcaring.com.

Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease
The National Sleep Foundations offers insight on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the body’s natural sleep cycle.