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How can I sleep better as I age?

In the elderly, sleep problems might be related to another medical condition, so start by speaking to your doctor. The solution might be as simple as changing the time you take your medication. That said, the elderly should try to avoid sleeping pills because they raise the risk for negative interactions with other medications; some sleeping pills also can mimic the symptoms of dementia.

Try these tips instead:

  • Minimize caffeine and alcohol.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Avoid long or frequent naps during the day.
  • Go outside or sit in natural light to regulate your body's sleep-wake cycle.
  • Follow a regular sleeping schedule; go to bed and rise at the same time each day.
  • Use your bed for sleeping only; get up and try reading or another activity if you don't fall asleep in 15 minutes.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.