Why The Elderly Sleep Less

August 21, 2014 7:04 AM

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Why The Elderly Sleep Less

It has not always been clear as to why, but it is quite common for the amount of time a person sleeps per night to decrease as they get older. Now, however, recent study published in the journal, Brain, has revealed the reasons that may be behind the decrease in sleep seen as people age.

It is quite common for older individuals to sleep for a considerably smaller amount of time than those of a younger age. It has now been revealed that this may be because of a certain group of neurons, the ventrolateral preoptic neurons. Or rather, the lack of these neurons. It is believed that thes...

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