It happens to almost everyone at one time or another: sleepless nights, tossing and turning, falling asleep but waking up and not being able to get back to sleep, all signs and symptoms of insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which people have difficulty sleeping. Unfortunately as we age, periods of insomnia and sometimes chronic (long-term) insomnia can occur. Some reasons for these age-related sleep problems are well known, such as medications and lifestyle changes, but other reasons for insomnia are not well understood. There are many treatments for insomnia, including behaviors you can modify at home to get better sleep. Click here to read more about insomnia. 

Insomnia can have a lasting effect on your overall health. People who experience chronic bouts of insomnia have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. There is also strong evidence to suggest that chronic insomnia can harm your immune system and leave you vulnerable to infections and cancers. There are many treatments for insomnia, but sometimes simply practicing good sleep hygiene can help you get more sleep. Sleep hygiene, also known as good sleep habits, is a set of behaviors to help treat mild to moderate insomnia. These habits include going to sleep at the same time every night, keeping your bedroom dark and cool, and only using your bed for sleep and sex, no eating or working on the bed. Making sure to practice these habits can help to train your body and mind to help fall asleep faster and stay asleep, adding up to a more restful night, and better health overall.   

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