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Seniors Sleep Conditions

Uninterrupted sleep can be a little more challenging after age 65. If you find that you are feeling less rested as you age, our sleep medicine providers can work with you to create a care plan that will treat any sleep disorders you develop.

How Does Sleep Change with Age?

Studies show that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 suffer from sleep problems. Sleep quality can worsen with age due to a variety of physical, medical or lifestyle conditions. Age-related changes can also cover up underlying sleep disorders.

Losing sleep at night as you age can lead to other health concerns, like an increased risk of falling and daytime fatigue. Some problems that can affect sleep in people over age 65 include:

Sleep Disorder Treatments for Seniors

Your provider will work with you to create an individualized plan to meet your sleep needs and address any sleep disorders.

Your doctor may even recommend non-pharmaceutical treatments, such as behavioral therapy. These therapies can include sleep education, stimulus control (such as adjusting current medications) and time in bed modifications.

There are also a few easy ways to develop good sleeping habits, including:

  • Avoiding bright lights before bed
  • Keeping a soothing and comfortable bedroom environment
  • Avoiding naps
  • Using the bed only for sleep and sex, not other activities
  • Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day
  • Doing quiet activities, like reading, before bed
  • Taking a warm bath to relax
  • Limiting liquid before bed
  • Eating three to four hours before bedtime
  • Exercising regularly, but not right before bed

The compassionate staff at Banner Health recognizes the importance of sleep throughout your life. We can help you mitigate the sleep issues you encounter at any age.