Sleep habits often change as people age — and often result in less deep restorative sleep. Seniors who suffer from sleep fragmentation tend to experience problems such as dementia and depression.
– Sleep fragmentation leads to frequent awakening during the night which leads to failure to get deep restorative sleep.
– Poor sleep is linked to loss of mental skills and memory.
– Sleep, eercise and a healthy diet are critical for maintaining good health.
Older people can improve their sleep by fitting physical and social activity into their daily routine, Zee said. At night, she suggested they make sure the bedroom temperature is comfortable and limit exposure to artificial light — especially the blue glow of computer and TV screens.
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