Tips for Sleeping Better

  • Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Try not to take naps longer than about 20 minutes.
  • Don't have caffeinated drinks after lunch.
  • Don't drink alcohol in the evening. It might help you fall asleep, but it will probably make you wake up in the middle of the night.
  • Don't lie in bed for a long time trying to go to sleep. After 30 minutes of trying to sleep, get up and do something quiet for a while, such as reading or listening to quiet music. Then try again to fall asleep in bed.
  • Ask your doctor if any of your medicines could be keeping you awake at night.
  • Ask your doctor for help if pain or other health problems keep you awake.
  • Try a little exercise every day; that helps many older people sleep better.