En español l The older you are, the more likely you are to have insomnia — a disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or both.
Older adults wake up more frequently during the night, wake up earlier and are more likely to report feeling unrested on awakening.
Neurological disorders, such as restless legs syndrome (RLS), Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, can also affect sleep patterns.
Insomnia not only saps your energy and affects your mood, but also can put your health, work performance and quality of life on a downward spiral.
Alternatives: For older people, benzothiazepine calcium channel blockers, another form of blood pressure medication, are often safer and more effective than alpha-blockers. Examples: cortisone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisone (sold under many brand names, such as Deltasone and Sterapred) and triamcinolone.
If the alpha-blocker has been prescribed to treat BPH, talk with your doctor about the possibility of switching to a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor such as dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar), which are safer and generally better tolerated by older patients. Examples: cortisone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisone (sold under many brand names, such as Deltasone and Sterapred) and triamcinolone.
Here are 10 types of medications that can cause insomnia.Too much stress can keep the body awake and the mind stimulated by exhausting the adrenal glands; corticosteroids can do the same thing, wreaking havoc on all the systems that allow you to relax and sleep, causing insomnia and unpleasant dreams.Alternatives: Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you can take your medication in a single dose early in the day.Airmen should not fly while using any medication, prescription or OTC, that carries a label precaution or warning that it may cause drowsiness or advises the user "be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery." This applies even if label states "until you know how the medication affects you" and even if the airman has used the medication before with no apparent adverse effect.Such medications can cause impairment even when the airman feels alert and unimpaired (see "unaware of impair" above).
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Insomnia can be short-term (up to three weeks) or long-term (four weeks or more).