Dr. Robert Rosenberg of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine answers some of the most commonly asked questions about sleep in our Q&A with the board certified doctor.
Should you wake someone up who is in the middle of sleep walking/eating?
No, you don’t want to wake them up not because you are going to do harm to them but because you don’t want them to hurt you. They may lash out at you. Guide them gently back to the bed if possible, if you have to wake them up its better to do it with a loud noise. To avoid damage to yourself
The older you get the less sleep you need?
That is not true, older folks needs 7 hours too. There sleep architecture changes. Lack of sleep in the elderly can lead to the same issues stroke etc.
Teens need more sleep than adults?
Yes, teens need 9 hours, adults need 7-8. They do better because there bodies are changing and their hormones are changing. Other problems with teens have delayed sleep phase and then they have a hard time going to bed. On the weekends if you let them sleep they will sleep super late to try to catch up on their sleep debt.
You can make up for lost sleep?
The worst thing you can do , people with insomnia, if you try to make up for sleep and are burning the candles at both ends. If you are only sleeping 4 hours or so during the week. Sleeping late on the weekends will not make up for the damage you have accrued during the week. Sleeping long on the weekends makes it hard to go to work on Monday.
Dr. Robert Rosenberg recently appeared on the "Sexsomnia and other Sleeping Disorders" episode (airing March 7) in which he discussed the different types of sleeping disorders.