Font Size

Sleep Disorders and Aging (cont.)


Sleep disorders often can be at least partly prevented by developing healthy sleep habits. 
See your health care provider regularly for proper care of any medical or mental problems.
Others things you can do to prevent or reduce sleeping disturbances:

  • Take medications (prescription and nonprescription) only as directed.

  • Get some exercise every day.

  • Avoid eating a heavy meal close to bedtime.

  • Avoid or limit alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine for several hours before bedtime.

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.

  • Avoid daytime naps.

  • Use your bed only for sleeping or sex.

  • Try not to use bedtime as worry time.

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Sleep Disorders and Aging

Anxiety Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension, fear, or worry. Some fears and worries are justified, such as worry about a loved one. Anxiety may occur without a cause, ...learn more >>
Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is an illness with no known cause. Symptoms include chronic pain, fatigue, fibrofog (mental haziness), insomnia, headaches, nervousness, numbness, ...learn more >>
Grief and Bereavement
Grief and Bereavement Grief is our personal experience of loss. Mourning is a public expression of our grief. Bereavement is the period after a loss during which mourning occurs (usu...learn more >>

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Sleep Disorder, Geriatric »

Sleep disorders are commonly underdiagnosedand asignificant source of concern in the geriatric population.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary