Not Getting Enough ZZZs? Here’s Help

November 2018

Being older doesn’t mean you have to feel tired all the time. There are many things you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep:

  • Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends. Try to avoid napping in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Take time to relax before bedtime. Some people watch television, read a book, listen to soothing music or soak in a warm bath.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, not too hot or too cold, and as quiet as possible.
  • Exercise at regular times each day but not within three hours of bedtime. Try to get outside in the sunlight each day.
  • Be careful about when and how much you eat. Large meals close to bedtime may keep you awake, but a light snack in the evening can help you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Stay away from caffeine late in the day.Drink fewer beverages in the evening to reduce the need to use the bathroom at night.

Source: National Institute on Aging

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