Study Explains Why Elderly Have Trouble Sleeping

August 21, 2014 10:33 AM

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As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering.

Now, a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the University of Toronto/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center helps explain why sleep becomes more fragmented with age. Reported online Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the journal Brain, the new findings demonstrate for the firs...

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