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Sleep Patterns Can Change with Aging. Does That Spell Trouble?

February 10, 2019

Washington Post (February 10)

Sleep Patterns Can Change with Aging. Does That Spell Trouble?

When Carol Gee turned 55, she made a new friend: 4 a.m. In the past, she usually slept through it. But once she entered menopause, it became her new wake-up time. “I would go to sleep and wake up every morning around the same time, almost like you set the clock,” says Gee, who is now 68. She’s not the only older adult to have experienced an exasperating shift in her sleep cycles. In 2017, a national poll conducted by the University of Michigan found that 46 percent of adults 65 and older have trouble falling asleep on a regular basis.



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