Sleep elusive for many aging baby boomers

The New York Times “Booming: Living Through the Middle Ages” blog reports that many aging baby boomers “are finding it harder to get to sleep or stay asleep, and they may feel the consequences during the day.”

Experts explained that aging causes “sleep architecture” to change in that people “spend less time in deep non-REM sleep. And all the while, their old circadian rhythm is shifting ever earlier for reasons no one really understands.”

In addition, age-related conditions, such as sleep apnea, arthritis, depression, and restless leg syndrome may add to the difficulties of falling and staying asleep.

The blog entry also points out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides sleep hygiene tips to improve the quality and duration of sleep.

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