Is Your Age the Reason You Can’t Sleep?

young and oldAre you getting too old? If so, maybe you have experienced difficulty in sleeping for some time. It is estimated that one in three people suffers from insomnia or some sort of sleep disorder. Sleep is becoming a commodity especially that modern lifestyles lead to stressful lives.

The amount of sleep a person gets cannot be measured by physical features. To function well, a baby might need up to 17 hours sleep; a 40-year-old needs approximately seven and a 70 year-old no more than six. Getting less sleep as you grow older is a sad, but inevitable reality.

An article from has talked about how aging and sleep are interrelated.

  • The problem lies more in the quality. Recent studies by the University of Surrey have revealed that the amount of time spent in deep or non-REM sleep – the most satisfying, restorative sleep that usually occurs in the middle of the night – lessened with age.

  • Women especially are vulnerable, with nearly 20 per cent claiming to have a bad night’s sleep five times a week, as opposed to just eight per cent of men.

  • During periods of light sleep you are likely to be woken up by a noise or even just your partner rolling over.

  • The menopause, which can strike any time from your mid forties, can mean all chance of a decent night’s sleep is virtually gone. At this point, there’s a drop in estrogen and progesterone and a general hormonal imbalance which can disrupt sleep, skew your internal temperature and make you more vulnerable to stress.

  • The 2010 Great British Sleep Survey revealed four times as many insomnia sufferers reporting relationship difficulties and more than 80 per cent saying they regularly experienced low moods.

  • Sleep has an effect on the chemicals in the brain which are necessary for laying down memories, building up proteins and essentially repairing your body.

  • As well as being an aging population, we are also becoming increasingly overweight, and size can also be an issue when it comes to sleep problems.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.