Sleeping Disorders

Sometimes older adults may seem really irritable and tired during the day. This might be because they don’t have enough sleep due to sleeping disorders.

Insomnia: This is one of the most common sleeping problems for older adults. Insomnia is when the person has trouble falling or staying asleep which can lead to tiredness in the morning. People can have insomnia for a very short or long range of time, depending on the person and the cause of the insomnia.


Some lead to temporary insomnia such as stress over something or being super excited. Other causes lead to a longer period of insomnia such as health problems or medication.

There aren’t many cures for insomnia. Some people take medication to help them sleep. However, better if self-help strategies are used so the person doesn’t have to rely on medication to sleep.


Sleep Apnea: This disorder is when a person gets short stops in breaths while sleeping. This leads to loud snoring and gasping for air which can be serious. If it isn’t treated, could lead to other health problems such as stroke or heart attack.

To cure this, it’s best to look for help from a doctor who may give suggestions or a device that might cure sleep apnea.


Sleep disorders may not always be realized by the person themselves. So make sure you keep an eye out for it, especially if the person seems especially tired every day.