Older people seeking a good night’s sleep: Don’t nap for too long

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If you are older and start to feel tired after lunch, it can be tempting to lie down for a nap – especially if you had a bad night. Try to go easy on the nap, though, and avoid sleeping for too long as that could leave you more wakeful during the night-time hours. Sleeping problems can be particularly frustrating after you have reached retirement, when there’s finally enough time to sleep in. But as we age, our phases of deep sleep become shorter and our sleep becomes more prone to disturbance. That leaves older people waking up more often during the night than in the past – even if they still…

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