Sleep Quantity And Quality Decline With Age

Sleep Quantity And Quality Decline With Age

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Our bodies need to sleep in order to perform rejuvenating functions like muscle growth, protein synthesis and tissue repair. We also need sleep for mental functions that involve learning and memory. In addition, sleep appears
6 Apr 2017 - General
Another important change with aging results from changes in how the two systems that regulate the timing of sleep—the sleep-wake homeostat and the internal clock—interact with each other. Under normal conditions, these two systems keep us alert throughout the day and enable us to sleep throughout the night. As people age, however, the window during which the internal clock enables sleep narrows. This may explain why older people tend to wake up early in the morning and fall asleep earlier in the...
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