Golden Slumbers in the Golden Years

Web site helps older Americans get a good night's sleep

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SUNDAY, April 24, 2005 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have trouble catching 40 winks can find information about insomnia, and how to deal with it, at the federal government's NIHSeniorHealth Web site.

"Although sleep patterns change as we age, disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging. In fact, many healthy older adults report few or no sleep problems," Andrew A. Monjan, chief of the Neurobiology of Aging Branch at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, said in a prepared statement.

"NIHSeniorHealth now has accurate, up-to-date information to help all older Americans get a good night's sleep," Monjan said.

Sleep is essential to good health and quality of life. Poor sleep can lead to many problems, including depressed mood, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, more nighttime falls and the need to use more sleeping medication.

Some NIHSeniorHealth tips for a good night's sleep include getting regular exercise, which improves the quality of sleep, and maintaining a regular nighttime schedule before going to bed, which tells the body it's time to wind down for slumber.

More information

Here's where you can find NIHSeniorHealth.

SOURCE: U.S. National Institutes of Health, news release, April 2005

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