Sleep Tips for those who are Older

15:49 (GMT+2) Wed, 11 Jan 2017

People over 50 are being advised to avoid caffeine after lunchtime to get a good night's sleep.

A report for the charity Age UK says sleeping soundly gets harder as we age but getting enough rest is important to keep mentally sharp.

It recommends older people get seven to eight hours of sleep a night and gives tips on how to achieve this.

As well as avoiding tea and coffee, older people should keep daytime naps to shorter than half an hour.

Other tips include:

  • Get up at the same time every day
  • Expose yourself to natural sunlight during the daytime
  • Don't drink alcohol to help you to sleep
  • Try to eat dinner about three hours before going to bed
  • Don't look at an electronic screen of any kind after you get into bed - tablet, phone, laptop, etc
  • Avoid using over-the-counter sleep preparations
  • Wear socks to keep your feet warm in bed
  • Don't sleep with pets in the bedroom
  • Avoid arguments with spouse or partner before going to bed

The report was written by the Global Council on Brain Health report - a panel of experts convened by Age UK and the American Association of Retired Persons.


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