Nearly 7 out of 10 adults experience problems that affect sleep quality. As we age, natural changes in our sleep patterns can make a big impact on how we feel during the day.

We get sleepy earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. And even though we’re sleepy, it can still be difficult to actually fall asleep. We also awaken more often during the night. Ultimately, we get less sleep and it’s often lower quality rest.

On top of that, many people report that discomfort or pain are common reasons they wake up during the night. Chronic medical conditions like arthritis, depression, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and acid reflux begin to contribute to disrupted sleep as we age.

That’s why it’s not surprising when people often believe that sleep problems are a normal part of aging—but there is a lot you can do to overcome nighttime discomfort and sleep disruption.

3 Tips for Better Sleep

No. 1: If you suspect you may have a sleep disorder, the very first step is talking to your doctor so it can be properly diagnosed and treated. The support and expertise of your primary care physician can make all the difference. Don’t suffer in silence any longer.

No. 2: Improve your nighttime routine so you can achieve more restorative sleep. It takes time and commitment but can make a big difference in your sleep success. From cutting caffeine to lowering your room temperature, small tweaks can make a huge difference.

No. 3: Investigate your discomfort. What about your sleep setup isn’t working anymore? How old is your mattress? When did you last replace your pillows? If you’ve been neglecting your bed for a while, consider a Good Life™ Sleep System by Dr. Oz—designed to stop snoring and reduce back pain.

Great sleep and aging don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Restless nights and exhausting days can be things of the past with a little help from your physician, a few small tweaks in your nightly routine, and a bedding refresh to increase your comfort.

Additional Reading:

Aging Changes in Sleep by U.S. National Library of Medicine

Changes in Sleep with Age by Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine