Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why

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    Aug 20, 2014 3:06 PM GMT
    Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why.

    " neurological reason for the phenomenon: namely, that a specific cluster of neurons associated with regulating sleep patterns, called the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus, may slowly die off as you get older."

    "The more of these cells you lose from aging, the harder time you have sleeping," lead researcher Clifford Saper, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, told HuffPost.

    Saper noted that by the time people are in their 70s, they’re generally sleeping an hour and a half less than they did when they were in their 20s. "They’re not feeling rested -- they're getting up because they can't sleep anymore, but they're still tired during the day," he said. "It’s sort of a chronic insomnia state."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/elderly-sleep-less-neurons_n_5692504.html?cps=gravity
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    Aug 20, 2014 3:31 PM GMT
    Agree totally and the study's findings is not much of surprise. Good to have it quantified though even if it's just for getting a trivia question right
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    Aug 20, 2014 3:55 PM GMT
    I'm 65. I sleep about 6 hours. Sometimes more if I've had a tough day, but usually 6. I wake up, I'd like to sleep some more, but I can't.

    When I was a kid I would sleep for 12 or 15 hours, on weekends when I didn't have school, or during summer break. I wouldn't wake up until around noon or later. During the school week my parents had to drag me out of bed at around 7, groggy as Hell. Yet I was always asleep by about 8 or 9 PM.

    10 hours of sleep wasn't enough for me as a kid. Today, sleeping 10 hours might mean I'm seriously ill. We do change with time.
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    Aug 25, 2014 1:38 AM GMT
    Recently when I was on a 2 week vacation, I let my body get what ever sleep it wanted. I have to say, without an alarm, I was sleeping a solid 8-9 hours comfortably.
    I only got up because I knew I needed to get my day started.
    During the work week, I get 7 usually or around 6 due to not wanting to go to bed! On the weekends it's not unusual to fall asleep for 15 min. cat naps when watching something on the net if I'm laying on the bed.
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    Aug 25, 2014 11:46 AM GMT
    Better living through pharmacy.

    I take generic Lunesta now.

    Works like a charm.