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Old 05-01-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Suddenly, I don't need sleep anymore. I'm 72---is this just one of the things that goes with getting old?

All my life, I've been able to go to sleep quickly anywhere, and sleep soundly all night. Now, in the past few weeks, I can't make myself get sleepy enough, I stay up till 3 am, can't get to sleep, and I'm up a few hours later. I often get sleepy during the day, but I wake after an hour's nap, and go on. Maybe 2-3 hours of sleep a day, tops.

I have no "issues" that keep me awake. No stresses or uncertainties in life, no dark thoughts keeping me awake, no physical discomforts that make me toss and turn. I don't drink coffee, maybe a cola every other day, no drugs or alcohol or tobacco. No lifestyle or activity changes. I just don't seem to need any sleep anymore.

Apparently, though, I still need dream time. My dreams are more regular, and if I doze off, I often start to dream even before I'm asleep, and I'm aware that I'm awake and dreaming.

Does anybody know anything about this?
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Strange...maybe try some magnesium and some Sleepytime tea before bed to see if that does the trick...are you getting enough sunlight and exercise. No, this is not normal if it's a big departure from your usual sleep pattern and bears more investigation...
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Are you sure you're only sleeping for an hour during the day? My guess is you get all comfy in a chair and doze off and the hours you nap are more than you think.

A lot of older people do this then can't figure out why they can't sleep at night. (My dad was a napper who denied he slept more than an hour during the day. He lived with us and I could see him snoozing on the patio. Busted! The good news is he was the senior who was totally up on Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits.)
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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Are you sure you're only sleeping for an hour during the day? My guess is you get all comfy in a chair and doze off and the hours you nap are more than you think.

A lot of older people do this then can't figure out why they can't sleep at night. (My dad was a napper who denied he slept more than an hour during the day. He lived with us and I could see him snoozing on the patio. Busted! The good news is he was the senior who was totally up on Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits.)
this is what I thought too

Whatever it takes though. I wish i could sleep during the day.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Funny DewDrop! My beloved grandmother did the same thing....nod off during the day, then roam the house at night and fuss about how she couldn't sleep! Although older folks do need less shut-eye...




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Are you sure you're only sleeping for an hour during the day? My guess is you get all comfy in a chair and doze off and the hours you nap are more than you think.

A lot of older people do this then can't figure out why they can't sleep at night. (My dad was a napper who denied he slept more than an hour during the day. He lived with us and I could see him snoozing on the patio. Busted! The good news is he was the senior who was totally up on Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits.)
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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Funny DewDrop! My beloved grandmother did the same thing....nod off during the day, then roam the house at night and fuss about how she couldn't sleep! Although older folks do need less shut-eye...
ALL ages NEED 8 hours !
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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ALL ages NEED 8 hours !
Not to be a know-it-all, but I just read an article that said that the optimal amount of sleep is 7 hours and that between 6-8 hours is best but over 8 hours is associated with a cognitive decline. I was surprised b/c I assumed that you can't get too much sleep unless you're depressed or something. I'd urge the OP to see a doc about this b/c it could signal something more troubling and I'm thinking I read somewhere that a sudden inability to sleep or sleeping too much might signal a problem. I'd have it checked out just to be on the safe side.

Less-Than-Optimal Sleep May 'Age' the Brain | Caring.com
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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This article explains how the fluoride in municiple water supply and your toothpaste may be causing lack of sleep by blocking the sleep hormone melatonin.




http://www.naturalnews.com/026364_fl...nd_sodium.html
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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ALL ages NEED 8 hours !
Not true....

Some ages need significantly more than 8 hrs, some less...

It also varies by individual.

There is no hard and fast rule for how much sleep ALL humans need..
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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Since I haven't hit 72 yet, I can't be sure if this "sudden" turn of events is normal or not. What is normal for one is not for another, so throwing the normal word around doesn't describe the "norm" for each of us.

If this is really bothering you, and you swear you are only napping an hour or so, I would go to your doctor for a check up. Tell you what. The next time you think you are about to dose, set your alarm clock for say, 3 hours from the present time. If the alarm clock goes off while you are still napping, you will know you are sleeping for more then only one hour. Could that be workable for you so that you know one way or another for sure how long you really are sleeping for? Then, maybe a doctor visit won't be necessary after all, for you are really sleeping more during the day, and that is why you are having trouble sleeping at night.
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