|La Siesta (Painting by Ramon Marti Alsina)|
As we age, sleeping through the night “in one solid block” normally becomes more difficult.
Erin Brodwin of Business Insider explains that this is because the “sleep section” of the human brain loses cells as years go by.
This loss results in the changing of sleep patterns. Not only do older people sleep less solidly, but they also sleep less deeply. In other words, “the average 70-year-old brain shuffles quickly in and out of moderate-level sleep, spending only a few minutes in the deepest phase of rest and far more time in shallow sleep or complete wakefulness.”
Because interrupted and shallow sleep can make for irritability and memory loss, it might be wise to nap more frequently and engage in meditative practices. These compensatory activities might help to refresh a fatigued brain.
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