An article on WebMD says that as you get older, your sleeping habits may change for the worse. You may start to get used to shorter sleep cycles, and your body may start to change in a way that makes the problem seem permanent. People over the age of 65 seem to have the most trouble sleeping. This article will explain the five ways that getting older might make it hard for you to sleep. Some examples are as follows:
Nighttime pain from diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and others can keep you awake and stop you from sleeping. You might find that taking medicine helps relieve these aches and swelling.
Health problems with the nervous system
Neurological diseases like Parkinson's can make it hard for the brain and nervous system to send and receive electric signals. It could make you feel uneasy or wake you up in the middle of the night. Some people with Alzheimer's disease may also find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Several of these conditions could have bad side effects, like insomnia.
Medications for diabetes, the heart, and the thyroid, among others, can cause side effects that can make it hard to sleep. Medication like the stimulant pseudoephedrine can help people who can't sleep. If the medicine you're taking is making it hard for you to sleep, you should see a doctor.
Syndrome of Uncomfortable Legs
Your sleep is disturbed because your legs move when they don't need to, and it might feel like something is poking or pricking them. The condition is called "periodic arm movement disorder" when it happens in the arms. If you can't get enough sleep because of it, you should see a doctor.
People with heart disease often have trouble sleeping because of their symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. If you want to deal with these symptoms better, you should talk to a professional.
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