Do you need more sleep?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Do you need more sleep?
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 11:06am

Do you need more sleep as you get older or do you think you sleep more out of boredom? I am just wondering as my father-in-law seems to be sleeping more and more. Maybe he is just more comfortable now?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 7:55pm

There are a whole bunch of things which could be going on here. His sleep may being disturbed with needing to get an go to the bathroom at night. Which would mean that he doesn't really get restful sleep. There may also be some depression and boredom going on. Sometimes the elderly fall asleep when reading or watching TV and then they can't go to sleep when the finally go to bed. Am I remembering correctly but doesn't your FIL have some beginning dementia? That could also be playing a role. Sorry I can't be more specific than this. Have you tried giving him so intellectual stimulation and physical exercise? Getting him out of the house where he can interact with other people. Does that help?