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Sleep Disorders and Aging (cont.)

Prevention

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.

Outlook

Sleep patterns change as we age. Persistent insomnia or daytime sleepiness is not a part of normal aging. Sleep disturbances are treatable or improve with treatment of the underlying condition.

For More Information

National Sleep Foundation

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep

Sleepnet.com

American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Find a Sleep Center

Medically reviewed by a Board Certified Family Practice Physician


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