Insomnia in later life

Published: December, 2006

Overcoming obstacles to a good night's rest.

The older you are, the more likely you are to have a sleep disorder. According to a National Institute on Aging study, more than 50% of people over age 65 report regular sleep problems that trouble them at night or interfere with daytime activities. They can't fall asleep when they want to, they wake up repeatedly, they wake up too early, their sleep is not refreshing, or they feel drowsy or groggy all day. Fortunately, our understanding of sleep itself and the sleep disorders of late life have improved greatly, and help is more easily available than ever.

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