The Norman Transcript reports on how sleep patterns change with age, as often observed in nursing homes.
Frequent causes of interrupted sleep are the need to get up to use the bathroom, worrying that interferes with the ability to fall asleep and worrying that interferes with the ability to stay asleep. It is becoming increasingly apparent that sleep could be a new vital sign.
Sedatives have proven to increase sleep quality and sleep time by an average of 25.2 minutes and decreased waking up during the night. They also have been proven to cause increased adverse effects on cognitive and motor events, as well as daytime fatigue. Dizziness, loss of balance and falls also were reported.