Sleep can be a sticky wicket indeed. An interesting study from the Clinical Research Centre of the University of Surrey concluded that at any age, if you are sleepy during the day – you are not getting enough sleep at night. Day sleepiness is indicative of a sleep complaint or sleep disorder. Sleep Awareness Week is March 1-8 seeks to educate and promote awareness of sleep issues, their problems and solutions.
Results Of Sleep Study
Average sleep time for young adults 433.5 minutes
Average sleep time for middle aged adults 409.9 minutes
Average sleep time for older adults 390.4 minutes
The study concluded that older adults need less sleep during the night and are less sleepy during the day. Aging does have a definite effect on the number of hours slept and the quality of sleep. But one of the noted results of the study was the conclusion that if an older adult is sleepy during the day, this is indicative that the older adult is not getting enough sleep. In the study older adults on the average slept 20 minutes less than middle age adults who it turn slept 23 minutes less than younger adults.
Sleep Awareness Week
Insomnia remains one of the most heard complaints particularly among middle age and older adults. The first week of March is Sleep Awareness Week sponsored by the Sleep Foundation. The Foundation promotes and educates sleep issues throughout the community during Sleep Awareness Week.
The American Sleep Association (ASA) is an association with the mission to assist awareness of sleep disorders, insomnia, research and has excellent resources located on its website. According to the ASA, two types of insomnia exist.
Secondary insomnia is the most common and estimated that 8 out of 10 people with insomnia have secondary insomnia. Secondary insomnia is exactly as what would be assumed, insomnia attributed as a side effect or symptom of another issues. The issue could be physical, medication or emotional.
Primary insomnia is a disorder on its’ own. It is characterized as lasting at least one month.