As we grow old a number of physiological changes takes place that alters both our looks and the body functions. Generally these changes slow down all the organ systems, due to a gradual decline in cellular activity. In some individuals, the level of decline may be rapid and dramatic; in others, the changes are much less significant.
The effects of these changes also differ widely among individuals. While approximately 85% of the aging population experience chronic conditions, only about 20% experience significant impairment in their ability to function.
Sleep disturbances in the elderly can lead to changes in the physiological systems, such as a reduction in the production of appropriate hormones, like the growth hormones, and also a decline in the metabolic functioning.
Most people accept sleep difficulties as a fact of the ageing process. Most often sleep problems in the elderly are due to disease, environment, or lifestyle and not due to the "the normal ageing" process.
Irrespective of age, it remains essential to get the proper amount of restorative sleep for a person's physical health and emotional well-being.
Latest Publications and Research on Ageing and SleepAre sleep onset/maintenance difficulties associated with medical or psychiatric comorbidities in nondemented community-dwelling older adults? - Published by PubMed
Applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation and magnetic seizure therapy in the study and treatment of disorders related to cerebral aging. - Published by PubMed
Self-relaxation training can improve sleep quality and cognitive functions in the older: a one-year randomised controlled trial. - Published by PubMed
THE AGING RESPIRATORY SYSTEM - PULMONARY STRUCTURE, FUNCTION AND NEURAL CONTROL. - Published by PubMed
Social consequences of sleep disordered breathing on patients and their partners. A controlled national study. - Published by PubMed