Occasional insomnia is normal. If you have
insomnia on a regular basis, you should see your health care provider about it. Nightly insomnia lasting more than a few nights warrants a visit to your health care provider.
Sleep hygiene refers to sleep-improving lifestyles and habits. Changing your lifestyle and habits improves many sleep problems; therefore, sleep disorder treatment begins with improved sleep hygiene.
Overweight people who are habitual loud
snorers may be helped by weight loss . If you snore loudly, abstain from alcohol or sedatives before going to bed. You also should avoid sleeping on your back.
Avoid nonprescription, over-the-counter sleep aids. Examples are preparations that contain diphenhydramine (Benadryl), such as Tylenol PM. Their side effects can be very profound in older people.
Your health care provider probably will ask you to return for one or more follow-up visits.
Sleep disorders often can be at least partly prevented by developing healthy sleep habits.
See your health care provider regularly for proper care of any medical or mental problems.
Others things you can do to prevent or reduce sleeping disturbances:
Sleep patterns change as we age. Persistent insomnia or daytime sleepiness is not a part of normal aging. Sleep disturbances are treatable or improve with treatment of the underlying condition.