Why Sleep Deteriorates As We Age

Why Sleep Deteriorates As We Age

Do you find that as you age you get less and less quality sleep? You’re not alone. A study published in Science explains why sleep seems to deteriorate as we age. The study found that “aging correlated with enhanced spontaneous activity of wake-promoting brain areas during sleep” due to the increase in activity of hypocretin-expressing neurons, “raising the chances of brief arousals and thus causing sleep to be more fragmented.” Understanding this will allow for more effective sleep aids and treatments for those of us who are experiencing age-related sleep deterioration. 


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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.