Story by: Jackie Hays on June 8, 2016
There’s not much worse than waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep. You change positions. You try to clear your mind of the things on your to-do list. Maybe you’ve got heartburn or restless legs syndrome and can’t get comfortable.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
The National Sleep Foundation says people age 65 and older need seven to eight hours per night. However, nearly 45 percent of older people experience interrupted sleep at least a few nights per week.
Scott A. McClure, director of Norton Sleep Centers, says older individuals tend to experience lighter stages of sleep versus a complete cycle of light sleep, deeper sleep and active dreaming (or REM sleep).
McClure says this may happen to aging people because of:
As for getting that good night’s sleep, McClure recommends these tips:
If these don’t help, McClure says it might be time to see a sleep specialist. That’s especially important if you have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease, which may put you at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
For more information on Norton Sleep Centers or to get a referral for sleep testing, call (502) 629-1234.
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