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.