AARP (Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons)
According the article, "restless sleep is very common among older people. After age 55 two out of three adults have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at least a few nights a week, the National Sleep Foundation reports." Also, "in a 20-year study, older people who tossed and turned for 30 minutes or more at night were twice as likely to die during the study as those who fell asleep."
Their suggestions –
(AARP Magazine, May & June 2007, p. 70-71.)
- "Try sprinkling your just-washed pillowcases and bedding sheets with lavender water … It's one of several aromas that might promote sleep. Other sleep-inducing scents include vanilla and green apple." (This is according to David Katz of the Yale School of Public Health.)
- Eat "a pre-bedtime snack of walnuts, milk or yogurt, which are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, a natural sleep inducer. (Choose vanilla-flavored yogurt and you get the added advantage of its scent.)
- "Consider going to bed 30 minute later than usual." According to one researcher, "If you make yourself stay up a little longer, it increases your body's need for sleep and you could fall asleep easier."