The symptoms of elderly sleeping disorders include difficulty getting sleep, difficulty differentiating between day and night, waking up too early in the morning, and awakening often in the middle of sleep, according to MedlinePlus. Symptoms differ depending on the underlying cause, and adults tend to have less deep sleep than younger people. Sleeping disorders in adult occur in different ways including too much sleep, problems falling asleep and irregular behaviours with sleep.
Conditions that can lead to sleep disorders in adults include alcoholism, Alzheimer's, chronic illnesses, neurological medications and depression, says MedlinePlus. Being inactive, frequent urination during the night and pain caused by conditions such as arthritis can also lead to sleep disorders. Additionally, using stimulants and taking certain medications also contribute.
Treatment for sleeping disorders depends on the underlying issues, states MedlinePlus. Avoiding taking sleeping pills helps to prevent drug-related sleep problems. Managing severe pain and medical problems such as frequent urination may improve the condition in some people. It is also prudent to sleep in a quiet room that is not too cold or hot. Making lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise, avoiding taking naps, avoiding stimulants and avoiding large meals before going to bed also helps in managing sleeping disorders.