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Sleep Disorders and Aging Treatment
Treatment for a sleep disorder depends on the underlying cause.
Self-Care at Home
Sleep hygiene refers to sleep-improving lifestyles and habits. Changing your lifestyle and habits improves many sleep problems; therefore, sleep disorder treatment begins with improved sleep hygiene.
Overweight people who are habitual loud snorers may be helped by weight loss. If you snore loudly, abstain from alcohol or sedatives before going to bed. You also should avoid sleeping on your back. Avoid nonprescription, over-the-counter sleep aids. Examples are preparations that contain diphenhydramine (Benadryl), such as Tylenol PM. Their side effects can be very profound in older people.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/20/2014
Subir Vij, MD, MPH
Anthony M Murro, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Carmel Armon, MD, MHS, MSc
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