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Ways Aging May Cause Sleeping Problems

An study that was published on WebMD shows that as you get older, your sleeping patterns may shift in a way that is less healthy for you. There is a possibility that you will start experiencing shorter sleep cycles as the norm, and that your body will begin to adapt in a way that will make the problem appear to be permanent. Those over the age of 65, both men and women, appear to be the ones that suffer the most from sleep issues. This article will serve as a guide to the five ways in which aging could interfere with your ability to get a good night's sleep. Here are a few instances that illustrate my point:


Discomfort felt during the night as a result of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and others can make it difficult to fall asleep and keep you awake. You could find that taking medicine helps ease these aches and swelling by reducing the inflammation in your body.

Conditions affecting the nervous system

Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease have the potential to wreak havoc on the electric signals that travel throughout the brain and the rest of the nervous system. It's possible that it will make you feel uneasy or wake you up in the middle of the night. It's possible that some people with Alzheimer's also struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep once they do. Insomnia is one of the potentially unpleasant side effects that could accompany several of these illnesses.


Medications for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and thyroid disease, amongst others, might cause side effects that make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Prescription drugs, such as the wake-promoting stimulant pseudoephedrine, are an option for treating sleeplessness. See a physician if the medication you've been prescribed is making it difficult for you to fall or stay asleep.

Symptoms of the Syndrome of the Uneasy Legs

Your legs may move when they have no reason to do so, and you may have the sensation that something is poking or pricking them while you sleep. This will keep you from getting a good night's rest. When it appears in the arms, the ailment is referred to as periodic arm movement disorder (PAMD). See a medical professional if you find that you are unable to get an adequate amount of sleep as a result of it.

Cardiac issues

Because angina can induce symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain, persons who suffer from heart disease frequently have sleep disruptions. It is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of a specialist regarding how to best manage these symptoms.

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