Common Sleep Disorders Experienced by Baby Boomers

Why Are Sleep Disorders So Common in Baby Boomers?

Age-Related Sleep Changes

  • You have recently retired, so you aren’t sticking to your daily work routine.
  • You nap more during the day.
  • You are often apart from windows, so you don’t get consistent light exposure that regulates your clock.

Side Effects of Medical Conditions

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Anemia
  • GERD
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Renal disease
  • Endocrine menopause

Side Effects of Medications

  • Beta-blockers for heart disease
  • Certain anti-epileptic medications
  • Certain antidepressants
  • Stimulant medications
  • Diuretics
  • Certain steroids
  • Decongestants like pseudoephedrine

The Most Common Sleep Disorders Experienced by Baby Boomers

Insomnia

  • It is difficult to sleep a minimum of three nights every week for at least three months.
  • The trouble with sleep is causing distress and interfering with a person’s ability to function in day-to-day life.
  • High stress levels
  • A low income
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Traveling between time zones
  • Working the night shift
  • Psychiatric disorders like depression

Sleep Apnea

  • A heart attack or stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Inflammation in the brain
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal radiation or surgery
  • Parkinson’s disease

Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Restless Leg Syndrome

REM Behavior Disorder

How Can Baby Boomers Address Different Sleep Disorders?

Talk to Your Doctor

Have a Bedtime Routine

  • Washing your face and brushing your teeth
  • Turning out the lights
  • Reading a book for ten or fifteen minutes
  • Doing some gentle exercise
  • Writing in a journal
  • Listening to soothing podcasts

Make Your Space Comfortable

Final Thoughts

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