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Several studies have found that adults who sleep about seven hours a night run a lower risk of death than those who sleep considerably less, or considerably more, every night.
Study finds that insomnia and use of sleep-promoting medications are linked to persistent severe fatigue.
In Assisted Living Facilities, Many Older Adults Have Sleep Problems, Which Appear to Contribute to Depression, Lower Quality of Life and Poorer Function
A growing number of older adults who have difficulty living independently, but don't need all the services nursing homes provide, are moving to assisted living facilities (ALFs). Residents of ALFs are usually better able to function and more independent than nursing home residents. But research … more
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep problem among older adults. Between 30% to 80% of older adults have this sleep problem. A person with OSA stops breathing – briefly, but repeatedly – while sleeping. This occurs when parts of the back of the throat relax … more
Sleep-Disordered Breathing May Lower Ability to Think and Remember Among Older People, Especially Those With specific form of a Gene
As many as 60% of older adults have "sleep-disordered breathing" (SDB). The most common form of SDB is sleep apnea. People with these treatable sleep problems don’t breathe normally while sleeping. As a result, they wake up briefly, but often, during sleep. They often get … more
Sleeping Eight Hours or More Raises Mortality Risk for Older Adults in Spain 10 Hours of Sleep Each Night Linked to 73% Greater Risk of Death
In a study of nearly 4,000 people aged 60 and older, those who slept eight or more hours a night were at increased risk for dying than those who slept seven hours. What's more, the risk of death increased progressively with each extra hour of sleep.