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Why Sleep Disorders Are More Common with Age

Last updated 4 years ago

Sleep disorders are conditions that affect your ability to fall or stay asleep during the night. Problems with sleep can lead to a wide variety of other health concerns when your body cannot get the restorative rest it needs. Recent research has indicated that the incidence of sleep disorders increases with increasing age. If you are having trouble sleeping, the Sleep Disorders Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for all types of sleep disorders in St. Pete Beach.

Sleep Disorders and Aging

Disorders that affect your ability to fall or stay asleep can develop at any age, but they appear to occur more often in older adults. There may be many reasons for this recent research finding, including natural changes in the body clock as you age. Sleep is regulated by many different physical factors, including hormones. Because your body’s production of hormones changes throughout your life, this can have an effect on your sleeping patterns that may become more noticeable with aging.

Sleep Disorders and Other Medical Conditions

In addition to natural changes that occur in the body with age, sleep disorders can co-occur with other medical conditions. Many of these medical conditions are also associated with age, such as diabetes, depression, and obesity. Poorly-controlled overall health can lead to the development of sleep disorders that may make it even harder to maintain good overall health. Thus, taking steps to control any medical conditions you may have, such as losing weight, taking diabetes medication, and maintaining a healthy diet, can also improve the quality of your sleep and improve the symptoms of sleep disorders.

Healthy sleep is a necessity at every age. You can learn more about Palms of Pasadena Hospital’s sleep disorder treatment options and other hospital services when you call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (855) 245-8328. We also invite you to take a look through our blog to read about other pertinent health topics in St. Petersburg.


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