Are sleep issues age related in some cases?

Angie

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#1
I can't sleep for shit. Been this way for a while. 58 about to be 59. Therapist says its age related. Pdoc is evasive but sympathetic.

If this is normal for aging I'm not sure I want to go along for the ride.
 

yonk

Active Member
#3
ahh.. i can relate to this.. i'm glad that you're seeing therapist, texaskitty, since they're experts (supposedly)

i'm having sleep problems too, altho i'm 25.. main source is always thoughts running wild. any thoughts.. from life, games i played, etc.. i realized it, but can't rly avoid it..

my best trick is.. i make the room as comfortable as i can, drink warm stuff, lie down and cross my right arm on top of both my eyes. from then, i just let it all go.. relax.. and fall asleep. i find it has high chance (for me), and i can repeat this as many times as i needed..

i hope this helps.. sleep is rly important.. i'm in danger many times when driving if i'm sleepy..
take care, texaskitty
 

gypsylee

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#4
Well my mother is in her mid 70s and she’s like the girl in The Ring who never sleeps haha. I think she’s always been like that though. Then again, I have heard older people sleep less. That’s why they’re at the shops at 7am :p
 

crumbum

Well-Known Member
#5
I read a scientific study recently that directly correlated peaceful sleep to number of kitties on the bed with you at time of sleep. The study found that the ratio was dependent on age and location. The good news is that since Texas is a warmer state you should only need about ten to twelve kitties for your age range. People in Alaska in your same age range require 56-60!

But in all seriousness Angie.. I have had sleep issues all my life. I took trazodone for a number of years and I do believe it helped with quality of sleep. Maybe you could ask your doctor about that. Just very recently I've gotten a new doctor who is part of the new 'integrated medicine' department (basically code for chinese medicine that insurance will cover). She suggested I try acupuncture and I have an appointment next week.. I'll let you know how it goes. Also she does hypnosis for sleep issues and I have an appointment soon for that too (and I'll let you know too about that). Another thing is that she has me taking inositol 1500mg, zinc 100mg and 5htp 200mg before bed. I honestly haven't noticed much change in my quality of sleep since I've started taking them but I have noticed a general decrease in my day to day anxiety.. but they work for a lot of people with sleep so it might be something to look into. Other than that I would try sleep hypnosis.. that has worked for me in the pass. Michael Sealey has a bunch on youtube.. his voice annoyed me at first.. but when I gave it a chance I found there was something really relaxing about it.. (thanks @Yoko for recommending him to me a long long time ago). Here is one of my favorites..

Well that's all I got.. I was honestly joking about the acupuncture and hypnosis and vitamins and sleep hypnosis stuff.. but the cat thing is real! GET MORE KITTIES KITTY! :) Really though.. we love you.. I know you're in pain Ang.. but you are loved and you're in my thoughts often and so so many people heres thoughts also. Try some new things.. find a way.. you would be sorely sorely missed if you left us prematurely.

((((KittyKitty))))
 

Acy

Mama Bear - TLC, Common Sense
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#6
Hey, @texaskitty - I've heard it can be related to age. I've usually heard that in relation to women beginning menopause. Have also heard, for men and women, we might tend to sleep fewer hours at a single stretch, although we perhaps make up for it with a snooze during the last ten minutes of an exciting prime time tv show. Ah, joy! :) Sorry you're not sleeping well. I hope it resolves itself soon.

PS: I like @crumbum's solution - sleep with kitties! :)
 

drinty

I'd rather be a Cat.
#9
My sleep patterns have been pants for years but they are getting worse, I have a habit of waking up in the middle of the night, for hours on end for no reason, it's wearing me down now after a couple of months.
 

cymbele

SF Supporter
#10
Sleep has always been a problem
I gained enough weight to cause moderate sleep apnea to go to severe. I now have to sleep with a mask and a hose as I was falling asleep driving to work. I was so exhausted before; now I am moderately tired but manageable. I am 57 yo.
I used to keep myself awake due to anxiety. Go figure. One extreme to the next.
{{{Hugs}}}
 

Kira

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#11
Personally, my quality of sleep has declined as I've gotten older. I'm ultra noise sensitive so any kind of sound wakes me up. I've also got a terrible bladder issue - I'm up every 2-3 hours. I think that was due to pregnancy weakening the bladder though. I wake up every time I turn over. I get headaches when I sleep too. So by the morning, I feel like rubbish. I didn't have most of these issues a few years back so it's possibly age related. I'm sorry it's affecting you so much. We're constantly being told how important a good night sleep is for overall health but don't tell us how to get it!
Take care Angie :) ox
 

Angie

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#13
Well I see a resounding "me too here" so I suppose it may be.

Thanks @crumbum for the kitties suggestion, I have two somewhat old and lethargic kitties that sleep with me on an off, does that count?
 

MarkahMalady

Well-Known Member
#17
I'm living with my parents who are in their early 60's and they don't sleep for shit! Especially my dad. He's in bed by 6 pm, up at 2am, napping at 8am. You never know what's up with him. My mom only sleeps when he doesn't so her schedule is the opposite. They're crazy people.
The only thing I can say about sleep is from my own experience: get more exercise. Wear Your Ass Out Everyday. That's the only thing that's ever worked for me.
 

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