Fred often finds it difficult to get to sleep. He also finds that if he wakes up in the night he finds it takes a long time to get back to sleep. Sometimes he comes downstairs and has a cigarette in the back garden before trying to go back up and get to sleep. Fred noticed his sleep changed after he retired and feels this may be because he isn’t quite as active.
Fred is a retired aircraft engineer who is married with two children. He has been retired just over two years, but still keeps active by playing golf on a regular basis, although he thinks he would sleep better if he were even more active.
Fred did notice a change for the better in his sleep following prostate surgery, but still occasionally has to get up to go to the toilet in the night. However, Fred often finds he takes a long time to get to sleep, or finds it difficult to get back to sleep if he wakes up in the night. If Fred has a really bad night he may have a nap in the afternoon, but would not go to bed earlier to make up for a poor night’s sleep.
Fred finds if he wakes up in the early hours of the morning, about 4 or 5 am, he finds it particularly difficult to get back to sleep then. Fred has tried warm milky drinks to help him get to sleep, and avoids coffee, but generally finds this doesn’t make much difference. However, although his sleep is quite disturbed, Fred tends not to worry about it too much because he doesn’t have to get up and go to work in the morning.