Why can't older adults stay asleep throughout the night?

August 20, 2014 8:04 PM

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Insomnia and fragmented sleep is a widespread problem among the elderly. However, until recently, scientists didn't know what caused it. Now, a group of researchers have discovered that a group of neurons that switches the brain 'off' for sleep could be lacking as we get older.

The study, done by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Toronto/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, explains why older people get less quality sleep.

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