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Sleep Disorders and Aging (cont.)

Sleep Disorder 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 for Sleep Disorders

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.

Medically reviewed by Peter O’Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine


"Sleep apnea and other causes of impaired sleep in older adults"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016
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