Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

What steps can older adults take to make sure they get the sleep they need?

As we age, there are steps we can take to help get better sleep, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon.

Some steps to help you sleep include:

  • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants close to bedtime
  • Avoid tobacco products, especially before bedtime
  • Do not take daytime naps
  • Exercise in the morning or afternoon instead of evening or night
  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Have a light bedtime snack
  • Talk to your doctor about any of your medications that might affect your sleep
  • Use your bed only for sleep 

For more ideas about how older adults can get good sleep, talk to your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Rhoda Chamberlain, APRN, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine

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