A recent telephone survey of more than 150,000 adults has suggested that apart from a minor blip during your forties, generally quality of sleep improves with age, with those in their 80s reporting the best nights shut eye.
The research – which has been published by the Sleep journal – was originally carried out by the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania and involved asking large numbers of randomly selected individuals about their sleeping patterns.
The results of the study showed that whilst depression and health problems were likely to contribute to poor sleep, once they had adjusted the data to account for this, a clear pattern emerged showing that poor sleep quality fell as age rose, with the over 70s complaining the least about poor sleep.
Whilst there are some obvious explanations for poor sleep, some individuals suffer frequently from broken sleep with very little understanding as to why.
Various areas of your life can affect the quality of your sleep, especially those that are causing you some level of tension and or anxiety such as your career or relationships. In cases such as these, stresses and strains may indirectly be having an impact upon the quality of your sleep and action may need to be sought.
If you are unhappy in your job or relationship or are concerned about retirement or your finances then consulting a coach to help you to develop positive strategies for moving forward may release some pent up tension and could eventually lead to a better nights sleep.
For more information about the various areas in which a life coach may be able to help you, please visit our Life Coaching Areas library of fact-sheets.
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