Aging baby boomers, who once neglected their sleep, are now finding it harder to come by
As we age, medical conditions can make a good night’s rest elusive. But there are steps we can take.
This story is from BostonGlobe.com, the only place for complete digital access to the Globe.
“You may want to make your worry list at 6 p.m., after dinner, so you’re not waking up at 3 in the morning thinking about how you’re going to pay your bills,” said Malhotra.
While aging boomers may face any number of sleep problems, some of which may overlap, doctors generally recommend keeping regular bedtime and rising hours, while avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. Some also recommend relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Those who can improve their sleep often find improved performances in the office — but also on the golf course and in other recreational pursuits, according to physicians.
“There is a growing awareness that sleep is an important aspect of everybody’s health,” said Kirsch. “When people can’t sleep, the level of frustration can be very high.”
Robert Weisman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.