Insomnia is a very common complaint among older adults. The condition affects more than 70 million Americans. Some symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, difficulty with early morning awakening, or not feeling rested by a good nights sleep. Occasionally, insomnia lasts for a short time and can be easily managed. Other times it is a chronic condition, lasting more than six months. This chronic insomnia is more troublesome and can affect work, social relationships, and health. Many people with insomnia are also diagnosed with other conditions such as depression, anxiety, allergies, or pain.
Insomnia treatment begins with what is known as sleep hygiene. This includes regular sleep and wake times. You should avoid eating, drinking, or exercising before bedtime. The room should be cool, comfortable, and dark.
Philosophy of Sleep Hygiene
1. keep a regular sleep schedule
2. exercise regularly but avoid exercise before bed
3. go to bed when sleepy
4. do relaxing and enjoyable activities before bed
5. keep the bedroom quiet and comfortable
6. do not eat a large evening...