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It is a common perception that as one gets older the need for sleep declines. On the contrary, older adults require seven to nine hours of sleep every night. This may be a dream for the majority of senior people aged 65 and above who find it difficult to stay asleep throughout the night due to the aging process. The National Institute of Health confirms the disorder known as insomnia is a very common sleep issue that affects almost half of adults 60 and older.
There is no question that when reaching middle age, many people begin to face the obstacles of getting nighttime sleep. It is also true that the older you get, the need for the required amount of sleep stays the same. This problem in not getting enough sleep is becoming more prominent due to insomnia. Insomnia is a condition where you experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep during the night.
Like other normal bodily functions, sleep-related duties carried out by the brain begin to decline over time. It may not be until the 50s or 60s when such decline in normal sleep becomes more noticeable. During this time, the brain produces less melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating nighttime sleep and daytime alertness. Upon entering the senior years, the circadian rhythm or sleep patterns of an adult may naturally shift, causing them to fall asleep early at night and wake up too early in the morning.
It seems normal for some sleep changes to occur as you age, but it does not mean insomnia can be solely chalked up to growing older. There are other issues which may be attributed as the cause of insomnia in old age.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that many factors can cause a significant change in the sleeping patterns of older adults. Sleep specialists believe insomnia may be a primary, but more often, a secondary sleep disorder arising from some other health conditions. It may also be activated by medications, or induced by the sleep environment or sleeping habits. Take note of the following as the most common and specific causes of insomnia in older people:
Insomnia is often debilitating and may persist for days, months, or even years. It disrupts both sleeping and waking hours carrying with it a variety of symptoms that can keep you awake all night long.
An adult may have transient or intermittent insomnia that can last for a few days to months. The more severe type is called chronic insomnia, which may last for months and even years when left untreated.
It may be challenging to recognize the symptoms since insomnia takes place at night. There are, however, indications to help pinpoint the sleep disorder as the culprit for the following conditions:
A transient or intermittent form of insomnia can quickly become acute or chronic in an elderly person if it goes untreated. Insomnia in older adults is often ignored and passed off as a sign of aging. Without treatment, the sleep disorder can critically affect health and lifestyle with far-reaching ramifications.
Regardless of the cause of elderly insomnia, the disorder can create a residual sleep deprivation that can lead to poor concentration, which may lead to accidents. This constant tiredness and clumsiness caused by the lack of sleep can lead to physical injuries and other damages. Avoidance of symptoms can carve deep psychological, emotional and behavioral health issues you may struggle to get out from, including depression and hallucinations.
Apart from daytime sleepiness, untreated insomnia has an adverse and wide-ranging effect on the health; affecting the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems. One study shows that sleep insufficiency increases appetite, explaining the reason why insomnia is related to obesity. Obesity is largely ascribed as the contributing factor to sleep apnea, another sleep disorder with deadly consequences.
Without treatment, insomnia can intensify chronic pain conditions by interfering with the body’s ability to control pain signals. Poor sleep disorders can increase the amount of pain caused by certain illnesses associated with old age; such as, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. The desire to get some sleep may lead you to depend on and be tolerant of over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids with side effects that outweigh the benefits. Finding relief and treatment to manage insomnia is a justifiable reason to see a licensed therapist to effectively reduce or eliminate the potential risks of the sleep disorder.
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. There is no truth to the notion that poor sleep is a normal part of aging. It is true that sleep patterns change with age, but sleep deprivation is not and should not be associated with the aging process. You and all older adults require the same amount of sleep as they did in their 20s. No matter how much sleep you need, getting good quality sleep is vital to feeling better day in and day out.
If you or an older adult you know is struggling with insomnia and it is affecting your normal functioning, Carolina Counseling Services – Fayetteville, NC contracts independently with licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to everyone. The right therapist independently contracted with CCS can offer useful measures and effective interventions to help alleviate the symptoms of insomnia for wonderful days and nights ahead. It is time to put your sleepless nights to rest. Call now to schedule an appointment.
Carolina Counseling Services contracts independently with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to everyone. Carolina Counseling Services independently contracted therapists assist individuals, couples, families, and children with counseling services that will help put your life back on track. Working with both non military and military is a joy and the therapist you choose will be happy to assist you whether you are a "civilian", or if you are a dependent or retiree.
Counseling and Therapy are often used interchangeably in our English language. The same is true for Counselor and Therapist. It really doesn't matter which word you use. When you need help, it is best to talk to someone who is not only objective, but who has had lots of experience helping others who have been in similar situations as yourself. A friendly Counselor or Therapist who is trained, licensed and experienced is the one who can assist the most. You don't have to figure it out alone. All independently contracted therapists are licensed, friendly professionals. Call to schedule your appt now!
If we can't help you, we will be happy to refer you to someone who can. We look forward to assisting you!!!.
Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some therapists have Saturday appointments available if requested.
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