Roy has been retired for some time, but is an active member of the local U3A group (University of the Third Age) and likes to take long walks. He frequently visits his older brother who lives nearby. Roy has had trouble sleeping for many years, but has now found a routine for getting to sleep that he feels works well for him.
Roy has noticed a gradual change to his sleep over the years, and particularly since he retired from full time employment. He has developed some routines for helping him to get to sleep and to relax. One routine involves tensing and relaxing every muscle in his body until he feels he is ready to turn over and go to sleep. Another routine is counting backwards very slowly and breathing deeply.
Whilst he doesn’t currently fall asleep during the day very often, Roy does have an hour resting in bed to help him feel relaxed. Roy used to find that being physically active during the day helped with his sleep, but finds this doesn’t apply any longer, in fact Roy feels that if he is physically very tired it makes it more difficult for him to settle to sleep.
Roy avoids eating or drinking anything stimulating after 6 or 7 o;clock and doesn’t watch TV late at night before going to bed as he feels this may stop him from relaxing enough to fall asleep.
Roy believes it is important for older people to be confident in having all the things they need to help them get a good night’s sleep, such as a comfortable bed, and being warm enough.