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.
Carmel Armon, MD, MHS, MSc
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