For Patients

Less Sleep Required with Aging

May 20, 2014

Several recent studies have shown, that as one ages, less total sleep is required each night. The stages of REM sleep are shorter but not less frequent each night. However, with aging, many individuals experience difficulty in either falling asleep or staying asleep for more than 1-2 hours. For these patients, a prescribed sleep medication by one’s doctor can be helpful in treating patterns of insomnia. Stress reduction and relaxation therapy, along with daily exercise, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, may also play an important role in re-establishing normal patterns of sleep restoration.