Some of the common causes include:
- Poor sleep habits: Irregular sleep-wake patterns can affect an individual’s circadian rhythm and make it hard to maintain a regular sleep schedule.
- Medical illness: Certain chronic (long-term) medical conditions are common in older people.
What causes irregular sleep?
The root cause of irregular sleep-wake syndrome is a near absence of the circadian rhythm responsible for regulating periods of wakefulness and rest. It appears that if you don’t have a daily routine or set schedule, you’re at an increased risk of developing irregular sleep-wake syndrome.
Is irregular sleep bad for you?
You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases. If it continues, lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
How do you fix an irregular sleep pattern?
Practice Healthy Sleep
- Stick with your plan.
- Give yourself enough time for adequate sleep.
- Maintain a strict and consistent sleep schedule.
- Don’t vary by more than one hour on weekends.
- Don’t take naps longer than 20-30 minutes.
- Limit caffeine after lunch.
- Create a relaxing night time routine.
What is a good sleeping pattern?
On average, adults should optimally receive between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, but those needs vary individually. For example, some people feel best with eight consecutive hours of sleep, while others do well with six to seven hours at night and daytime napping.