If you’re having trouble waking up, light therapy in the morning may help. This makes you feel more tired in the evening when the sun goes down and more alert in the morning when the sun rises. However, it may not help with all types of sleep problems. If you’re having trouble waking up, light therapy in the morning may help.
More importantly, the light intensity used in light therapy for older people should take into account the reduced retinal illuminance due to changes in the aging eye. More importantly, the light intensity used in light therapy for older people should take into account the reduced retinal illuminance due to changes in the aging eye. Morning use may also be effective for non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome, while evening use is recommended for advanced sleep phase syndrome. Research shows that higher light intensity has helped people with sleep disorders, particularly people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia-related insomnia.
What is the best treatment for sleep disorders in older adults?
You should always talk to a doctor before trying any pharmacological or non-pharmacological treatment for sleep disorders. Other treatments, such as quinine pills, appear to help, but there appears to be a placebo effect (the person’s belief that the treatment is helping actually produces the therapeutic effect). If it’s a primary sleep disorder, there are a variety of non-drug techniques that both make you less likely to wake up frequently and help you fall back asleep more easily. Trazodone, a commonly used off-label medication for sleep disorders, improves sleep quality and sleep continuity but poses significant risks.
But the more complicated a person’s medical history is and the more medication they take, the more complex is the process of providing assistance, evaluating treatment options, and trying to reduce medication.