The importance of sleep in older age

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Along with the physical changes that occur as we get older, changes to our sleep patterns are a part of the normal aging process. As people age they tend to have a harder time falling asleep and more trouble staying asleep.

Older people often sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night.  Also, nighttime sleep schedules may change with age too. Many older people tend to get sleepier earlier in the evening and awaken earlier in the morning.

Sleep Research

Many older people often get less sleep than they need.  A study of adults over 65 found that 13 percent of men and 36 percent of women take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.

Some key elements of research find that older people;

  • take longer to get to sleep and wake more in the nights;
  • become sleepier in the early evening and wake earlier in the mornings;
  • living with Dementia are more at risk of disturbed sleep through nightmares, wandering & agitation;
  • need to use the toilet more regular. 

The benefits of good sleep for older people

There are many benefits to a consistent sleeping pattern; this can improve both overall health and quality of life for your loved ones.

  • Increased alertness during waking hours
  • Enhanced memory and attention span
  • Reduced medication usage
  • Reduced symptoms of depression
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Regulated appetite
  • Reduced risk of falling
  • A happier, more engaged lifestyle
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The benefits of live in care and sleep

There is no doubt that many older people suffer from disrupted sleep.  Managing an older person’s sleeping pattern takes time and a certain level of care and familiarity. 

McDonald Homecare can help guide the process for your loved one that will help regulate their sleep routine.  Our Lifestyle Companions provide care & companionship throughout the day and reassurance throughout the night.

By ensuring a good and regular day time routine, healthy eating, good hydration and an active lifestyle; our live in care Lifestyle Companions can improve the quality of life for your loved ones.


If you or a loved one are looking into care options and would like to talk further about the
benefits of live in care