If you are tossing and turning at night, you are not alone. Statistics show that those over the age of 60 become more susceptible to insomnia. This is due to them being at a higher risk of physical and mental conditions that lead to sleep disorders. Insomnia is one of many sleep disorders which can also include restless leg syndrome or sleep-disordered breathing.
Though you can have insomnia at any age, senior insomnia is also due to the fact that, as you age, you are no longer producing growth hormones which gave you deep sleep.
If you find you are unable to sleep through the night or for any reasonable length of time, you most likely have insomnia. Don’t forget to mention to your doctor that you are experiencing insomnia symptoms. This is important because many times insomnia is due to other issues. Perhaps you are in pain and that is keeping you awake or you may have started some medication that is giving you side effects that lead to insomnia.
If you are one that has trouble sleeping, then try some of the following suggestions which can be helpful.
Lack of exercise is listed as one of the reasons for insomnia. If you are sitting in front of the television and dozing off throughout the day, you will most likely not be able to fall asleep at night. Try doing some aerobic exercises or walking about outside to get some fresh air and sunshine. Both of these activities will encourage sleep.
As I mention getting some sunshine, I want to point out that sunlight, which has been referred to as “one of the most important external factors that can affect sleep,” helps to regulate melatonin in your body. This chemical can only be produced by direct sunlight. Melatonin is used by your body to regulate your sleep patterns.
Another factor that can alter your sleep pattern is the type of food you eat, especially if it is close to your bedtime. Spicy or heavy meals close to bedtime is certainly a no-no. Eliminating alcohol and tobacco from your life can also help to mend sleeplessness. Drinking orange juice or other drinks that are high in natural or unnatural sugars can keep you awake. Drinking as little of anything, including water, prior to going to bed will keep you asleep longer.
Create yourself a peaceful and dark environment for sleeping. A nice comfortable bed is important to a long and relaxed sleep. There are many videos available on YouTube that can help you to get to sleep and possibly assist you in staying asleep for a good length of time. Just type in “sleep videos” and your query will result in finding everything from ocean waves beating upon the shore to steady and comforting rain.
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