This is Why You Sleep Much Less As You Age
Sleep is essential for your skin; lack of sleep affects the moisture levels, worsens existing skin conditions, causes dark circles under your eyes, makes you look tired, and speeds up the aging process.[slideshow:101842]
Sleep is the way in which our brain prepares for the next day. It’s important for our overall health. According to research, a good night sleep improves learning; it helps heal and repair your heart and blood vessels; reduces your risk for obesity; and helps maintain a healthy immune system.
Getting older is a fact of life. Unfortunately, we may end up having to work harder to maintain our health and well-being. As we age we may notice we are sleeping less at night; this may be due to menopause, snoring, restless legs syndrome, and high nighttime stress hormones.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the prevalence of insomnia is higher among older adults. “According to NSF's 2003 Sleep in America poll, 44% of older persons experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights per week or more.”