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Ideas for reporting on sleep problems among older adults

We all need a good night’s sleep, every night. However, at least half of all older adults complain of chronic poor or insufficient sleep. Despite popular misconceptions, older adults need as much sleep as do younger people — about 7 to 9 hours, on average each night. Older adults may suffer from certain health conditions, have pain, or side effects from medication which can make a good night’s sleep difficult, if not impossible. Poor sleep is linked to numerous health issues, from hypertension to depression, and to potentially increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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