Getting a good night’s sleep is often one of life’s most elusive challenge s as we age. Insomnia becomes common because of changes in sleep patterns and health. Whatever your reason for sleep loss, insomnia can affect you both mentally and physically. Finding ways to improve your ability to sleep is as essential to aging well as a healthy diet and regular exercise.
"Most people sleep less deeply and for a shorter time as they grow older. These are normal changes associated with aging. While there are many medical disorders that can impair your capacity for sleep, there are often things you can control to improve your ability to sleep. If pain or anxiety are disturbing your sleep, your physician may be able to suggest treatment options. Create a quiet environment that maximizes your ability to rest. Focus on relaxing before you go to bed. Set your room temperature to a comfortable level." - Michael H. Silber, M.B., Ch.B., Professor of Neurology and consultant, Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Take Action Now
- Watch what you eat and drink. Avoid large meals and beverages before bed to. Drink less before bedtime so you won’t have to get up to use the bathroom as often.
- Update your understanding. Pick up a free copy of the Mayo Clinic video on The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep from the Patient Education Center, Siebens Building, Subway Level.
- Connect with others. Follow the Sleep Health group on Mayo Clinic Connect. Ask questions, find solutions, and set goals with people like you.