As a person reaches old age, which is about 60 to 70 years of age, he or she slows down and their physical activity is restricted. In addition, the person also tends to sleep less. If an old person, who is 70 years, sleeps for 5 to 6 hours in the night, you can say that he or she is well rested.
Since the body does not indulge in severe physical activity, 65 to 70 year olds do not require too much sleep. Unfortunately, some people barely sleep 2 to 3 hours during the night and they do not sleep during the day also. If you notice the lifestyle of an aged person, you will see that he or she sleeps like a baby at frequent intervals. Do not get worried because it is normal for a person of this age to do so.
Seniors often sleep for one hour or two hours at frequent intervals and they sleep for at least 4 to 5 hours in the night. A person who is not able to do this may have some type of sleep disorder. There are several reasons why seniors develop sleep disorders. Some people sleep too much and some do not sleep at all. A lot of it may be caused due to the medications they are taking. Most people by this age are going through some or the other illness and they will be prescribed medications for the same. Several medications for common conditions like diabetes, hypertension, kidney-related problems, liver problems, cancer, and heart conditions interfere with a person’s sleep patterns. In addition, many elderly people may already be taking some amount of sleep medications which can create problems with the sleep patterns.
If you are a 65 to 70 year old and are suffering from disturbed sleep patterns, it is best to talk to your doctor about this problem.
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