Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

How does sleep change as we age?

As we age, our sleep patterns start to change, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

Many older adults feel like getting older makes it harder to fall asleep. We might also wake up more often during the night and get up earlier in the morning. 

As we age, we spend less time in deep, dreamless sleep. 

The need to urinate, anxiety, and pain or discomfort from chronic illnesses also can all lead to waking up more often during the night as we age.

Talk to your doctor for more information about sleep changes and age. 

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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