When it comes to sleep, it is considered the best medicine because it helps to rejuvenate our bodies. The amount of sleep people need varies, but adults the theory that adults need less sleep as they get older is not true. The truth is that sleep disruption is able to cause various health issues, including memory issues, depression, even more chance of falling down.
In fact, insomnia is the third most common health issue in the United States that results in a medical visit. Ahead of insomnia is headaches and common colds. Sleep patterns often change for adults, from going to sleep earlier in the day, napping during the day, and waking up earlier. These things can lead to sleep becoming harder at night.
When the body is asleep, adults often spend less time in the REM stage of sleep, or deep sleep called rapid eye movement sleep. This makes many adults light sleepers, which can also become disrupting in sleep patterns and lead to sleep disorders in adults.
Researchers have found more than 70 various sleep disorders, with four of these being at the top of the chart, including insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. Statistics show that females have a higher insomnia rate, which increase over the age of 60 and leads to less sleep.
It is estimated that nearly 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year, and this number increases in time. With 40 percent of women being affected, insomnia affects roughly 30% of men. Then, sleep apnea is a disorder that also affects a person’s ability to get a god nights rest as it interrupts the breathing process during sleep.
Sleep apnea is often the result of fat buildup or muscle loss connected with the agingin process, and cause the windpipe to collapse when asleep. This can also lead to loud snoring. Another 18 million Americans are estimated to suffer from sleep apnea, and Restless Legs Syndrome comes in third with nearly 12 million Americans being affected.
Coming in fourth is Narcolepsy which affects around 250,000 Americans, which are sleep attacks that last anywhere from seconds to half an hour or more. It’s often a hereditary disorder, but can be connected with brain damage as well as neurological diseases.
Basically, statistics indicate that we are going to encounter more issues with sleep patterns as we age. It gets harder to rest a full 7 to 9 hours as recommended, and it can be caused from sleep disorders, or just being light sleepers and things keeping us awake. The lack of sleep can lead to serious conditions if left untreated, so we should get in a good routine of sleeping now while we can.