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Anxiety, caffeine, alcohol, and many medical conditions can all interfere with a good night's sleep. All adults function best on 7 ½ to 8 hours sleep. But half of people over 65 say they have problems sleeping. Learn more about common sleep disorders and things you can do to make sure you sleep better.

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Insomnia

People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. About half the time, insomnia can be traced to stressful events, anxiety, depression, or other emotional issues. There is a lot you can do to improve your sleep, including cutting down on caffeine and sticking to a more regular schedule.  Read

Sleep Apnea

In sleep apnea, your breathing becomes shallow or may even stop for a minute or more. Blood oxygen levels then drop, prompting you to wake with a start and begin breathing again, typically after a loud snort or choking sound. This cycle may recur hundreds of times during the night, robbing you of sleep.  Read

Snoring

When you fall asleep, the muscles in the airway relax, narrowing the airway. This produces noise by causing tissues around the airway to vibrate. While usually not life-threatening, snoring may be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea. If you often snore heavily it is best to consult a doctor.  Read

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome causes a strong urge to move your legs. At times, the urge is accompanied by an uncomfortable burning or itching feeling, sensations which almost always start up when you lie down to relax or sleep. RLS typically worsens with age. Some prescription medications may provide relief.  Read

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