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Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep, although some people need less than four and others need more than 10. Sleep patterns often change with the aging process. Infants may sleep up to 16 hours per day, while seniors may experience more disturbed sleep and have a greater need for naps. Daytime naps may disturb nighttime sleep for some people, but for others they are a normal part of a healthy sleep/wake pattern.
Some people fall asleep at times when they should normally be able to stay awake. Sleep disorders frequently involve respiratory and/or neurological problems. The Sleep Disorders Center was developed as part of Thompson Health’s Cardiopulmonary Services. Physicians specializing in sleep medicine, pulmonary otolaryngology, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology and psychiatry serve in consulting roles for the center.