Aging and Sleep

Overview

Ever notice that it’s harder to get a good night’s sleep now than when you were younger? Aches and pains, a weaker bladder, acid reflux—even minor health concerns can have a major effect on a person’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Without a good night’s sleep, you may feel groggy and less sharp, and continued lack of sleep may raise your risk of medical problems such as type 1 diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease.

Take a look at your habits surrounding caffeine and alcohol intake, sleep aids and the use of electronics near bedtime. Medication side effects or health conditions may be causing insomnia. If sleep problems persist, talk to your doctor or consult with a sleep expert.
 

Basics

Wellness and Prevention