A University in California has discovered links between age and sleep quality, symptoms of ageing also include brain atrophy and memory problems.
After studying the brain in both younger and older subjects, researchers discovered that as the brain deteriorates so does your quality of sleep.
Researchers in the University examined 18 adults around their late teens and early twenties, as well as a separate group of subjects over the age of 70.
The subjects were required to remember specific word pairings after they’d slept in order to examine memory, unsurprisingly the younger subjects were able to recollect more results than the older subjects, 55% more in fact.
Researches linked the deterioration of the frontal lobe (responsible for memory) to the decrease in sleep quality.
There are many factors that contribute to this decline in sleep quality, including snoring.
Studies have shown that we become more likely to snore as we get older. This is due to the softening of tissue around the throat and nasal passages, we also become more likely to become overweight as we age too, which is another contributing factor.
One thing we can all do to maintain sleep quality as we age is to prevent snoring, the obvious side-effects of snoring include regularly disturbing your partner but it also decreases the amount of rest the snorer will get as they sleep.
This is important information to bear in mind for those who are middle aged or elderly, cutting out the snoring could drastically improve overall sleep quality!
By Richard Owen