Sleep, perhaps to dream
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You are apt to suffer restless sleep as you grow older and that’s not a good thing, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. The 50-plus set can usually fall asleep with few problems, but many of them have a hard time staying asleep.
But, before you resort to over-the-counter sleep aids or seek stronger, prescription medications, discuss your problem with your physician. Your condition could be more complicated than you think.
There are a few things you can do in the meantime. For example, stay away from caffeine and alcohol before you retire for the night. Keep active during the day; it’ll help relieve stress. Get as much sun as you can. Sunlight helps regulate melatonin levels, the hormone that helps control your sleep cycles. And, make sure your bedroom is quiet, is not lit up and is cool. Noises, bright lights and heat interfere with sleep.