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Help with Insomnia in later life.

Most of us have nights where we find it hard to fall asleep. This is normal, and it will often resolve itself after a short time. However, if you have lack of sleep (insomnia) that lasts weeks, months or years, this can start to have an impact on your day-to-day living. Insomnia is a common problem for people over the age of 65 due to various long term conditions prevalent in this age group that affect sleep.

Find out more about sleep problems

How will it affect me?

It can affect your energy levels, moods and concentration. It can also impact on your relationships and social life, and may affect your ability to carry out usual tasks.

What causes it?

Common causes are:

  • a poor sleep routine – going to bed too early or too late, or not relaxing properly before bed
  • a poor sleep environment – uncomfortable or with too much light or noise
  • changes to sleep patterns – working night shifts or sleeping in a new place
  • physical illness – being uncomfortable or in pain, having a physical sleep condition such as snoring or sleep apnoea, or having a hormone or neurological disorder such as an overactive thyroid or Parkinson’s disease
  • alcohol, street drugs and stimulants – including caffeine and nicotine
  • medication –such as epilepsy and asthma drugs or antidepressants
  • stress, worry and anxiety – feeling nervous about a specific issue, such as work, money, family or relationships; or a specific event, such as an interview
  • trauma –after experiencing a traumatic event, such as an accident or a bereavement
  • mental health problems:
    • mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
    • anxiety disorders, such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety
    • psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia

How common is it?

More than 50% of elderly people have sleep disturbance or insomnia. Sleep disorder is the third most common complaint in old age, behind headaches and the common cold.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually based on your history so it is important to keep a sleep diary.

How is it treated?

Your doctor will discuss and treat any potential physical causes of your sleep problems. If you think they are caused by medication, it’s important to discuss this with the doctor as well.

We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
health experts for later life.

At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

Meet some of our consultants.

Dr Giovanna Zamboni

Consultant Neurologist

Neurology

Dr James Warner

Consultant Psychiatrist

Psychiatry

How we can help

Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

Clear and simple pricing.


First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

Home visit supplements starting from £100.

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more thorough healthcare.

Expert

We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

Fast

We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.

Flexible

We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

Comprehensive

We are committed to
giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

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