As you Grow Old Sleep Quality Improves
Sleep quality betters with age, which was earlier believed to cruise the other way.
For a long time, it was considered that aged people become restless, and are most sleep-deprived. Studies and researchers reveal another story, which is extremely opposite to the common belief. On this subject, sleeping pattern of 156,000 healthy Americans was observed, who belonged to various age groups. Researchers found out a consistent trend in the sleeping pattern of age-groups, wherein age group of 80s was found out to be the best sleeping group.
Referred to as ‘octogenarians’, people belonging to the age group of 80s had no sleeping concerns. On the other hand, the youngest age group was the one with maximum sleeping complaints. Among factors that were considered while carrying out the study were race, income, education, depression tendency, general health and most recent medical check-up.
One of the conclusions of the study was that if you are facing sleeping concerns in old age, it is not because of the age but due to the health issues. People with health problems and depression state were the ones facing difficulty while sleeping. Furthermore, cases of sleep disorders and fatigue were considerably more in women than men.
Research associate at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Grandner, headed the study that was especially designed to confirm sleeping problems in age groups. In this manner, panel of researchers led by Gardner have challenged the old conventional wisdom. The research was sponsored by National Institutes of Health and was also featured in the famous journal ‘Sleep’.
The study is an answer to the chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders like insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnea, which are becoming more prominent in the health group considered healthy.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Mar 05, 2012
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