Insomnia… In the middle of the nighttime
Poor or interrupted sleep among older people may have some serious consequences. How did you sleep last night if you’re over 65? Half said they had difficulty sleeping or falling asleep or staying asleep. And a lot of them complained of not feeling rested when they woke up. Insomnia is linked in older adults to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and a possible heart attack waiting to happen. Depression, premature death and anxiety. It may also be a risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Your risk of developing diabetes was 3 times higher for the shortest sleepers and twice as great for those who slept five to six hours.
Many people have difficulty falling back to sleep once they wake up. However sleep problems are not a normal part of aging, according to Dr Nabil S. Kamel a geriatrician in Montana and Dr. Julie K Gammack, a geriatrician at the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center.
Try to minimize the use of caffeine, cigarettes, and stimulants and alcohol. It’s true that a glass of wine may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it can disrupt the quality of sleep.
Avoid eating a heavy meal just before bed. If you’re hungry have a light snack, a banana, a glass of warm milk or some whole grain crackers. These help the ability to fall asleep. Perhaps the most common problem is worry…. It creates further arousal that competes with relaxation and the ability to sleep… Stress also activates the regions of the brain that cause arousal and sleeplessness. Try to fill your brain with relaxing thoughts that can block out worrisome ones.