5 Common Sleeping Disorders Related to Aging

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You lived a full life – from baby, to toddler, to a full-grown person. You overcame life’s challenges. You worked yourself to your full potential. You felt like you’re on top of the world. And just like Thanos, you were inevitable.

 

Then you reach retirement where you experience a whole new world. The obvious physical changes in your body – slowness of actions, memory loss, sagging skin, eye problems, etc. – dictate the need to slow down. Unfortunately, the first thing to almost always go awry is your sleeping habits.

 

Here are some possible sleeping disorders that can manifest in an advanced age.

 

  • Hypersomnia. Do you feel that the world is your oyster, or your mattress? Do you feel sleepy even during daytime? Do you feel unsafe whenever you’re driving because you tend to fall asleep at the wheel? Chances are, you may be suffering from hypersomnia or too much sleep any time. [1]
  • Insomnia. This medical condition pertains to lack of sleep and is the exact opposite of hypersomnia.  Sometimes, insomnia makes you feel like a light sleeper and you wake up more often than usual. [2]
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring is just a possible symptom of OSA wherein breathing stops for a time causing sleep disruption. When oxygen in the blood drops, you wake up. This can be a repeating condition and can cause lethargy during daytime. [3]
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS). Also called Willis-Ekbom Disease, this is both a sleep disorder and a neurological condition which gives leg discomfort especially during night. It could be a throbbing, itching, or crawling sensation that usually affects one or both legs. [4]

 

When an elderly person experiences sleep troubles, it is important to have a consultation with a health care practitioner to rule out any other underlying medical problems. To help with any sleep-related concerns, ask a doctor about Seditol.

References


[1] Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian. “Sleep and Hypersomnia.” WebMD. (2017, October 29). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/hypersomnia

[2] “Insomnia in the Elderly.” Drugs.com. (2019, June 19). Retrieved from https://www.drugs.com/cg/insomnia-in-the-elderly.html

[3] Reviewed by Michael V. Vitiello, PhD. National Sleep Foundation. (2009, December). Retrieved from https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/aging-and-sleep

[4] “Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2019, May 14). Retrieved from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Restless-Legs-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet#2