In other words? Sleep problems in seniors can be caused by a great number of factors.
What can be done?
Yes, sleeping pills can help. But it’s important to first speak with your physician before taking any, because some pills can actually make sleep worse for older adults. Moreover, there may be important underlying issues behind why sleeping is so difficult for you.
Outside of medication, here are a few other tips for seniors to improve their quality of sleep (also known as “sleep hygiene”):
Establish and stick to regular sleep and wake times
Create a bedtime routine that includes a relaxing activity (like a warm bath, reading or yoga)
Avoid, or least limit, napping in the daytime
Don’t ingest caffeine, nicotine or alcohol close to bedtime
Limit your fluid intake leading up to bedtime
Ensure your bedroom is comfortable, quiet and dark
Want to learn more about sleep, sleep disorders, and how it affects seniors?
Talk to your doctor, and/or check out the following websites: