Despite amazing advances in knowledge about sleep in the last few years, there are still so many things we don’t know. One of them is why senior citizens seem to sleep differently than younger people. New research, however, may be opening the door for more understanding of senior sleep.
Researchers at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland looked at a mixture of subjective and objective evaluation of sleep, ranging from questionnaires to sleep study. This enabled them to examine both the physical differences in sleep and whether individuals of different ages interpreted their sleep quality differently. The research team studied 6733 participants between the ages of 35 and 75 years.
The research uncovered a number of interesting findings about seniors and sleep, including:
The findings indicated that sleep complaints among seniors are not the norm, and should be taken seriously by medical professionals.