If you find you're becoming forgetful about simple information, your age may not be the only factor. In this edition of Healthy Living, YNN's Marcie Fraser says lack of sleep could have an impact.
"Primary Insomnia is the least common and that means we can’t find cause for a person’s sleep difficulty," said Dr. Ken Schwartz, a family practice physician.
Sleeplessness can increase a person’s risk of diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.
Dr. Schwartz said, "By far the most common is chronic anxiety and depression followed by shift workers, people who withdrawing from tranquilizers and narcotics."
Taking stimulants, drinking alcohol or caffeine, smoking and exercising late at night can keep you up. Your bedroom should invite sleep.
"Very important it is, sleep hygiene is something we work on, creating a comfortable atmosphere from bedding to surroundings, minimize sound, minimize light," suggested Dr. Schwartz.
Treatment includes prescription sleep aids, but they can be very addicting.
"You can become addicted to anything, those are probably the least addicting, the Tylenol PM, the Sominex because Benadryl is an anti- histamine and is shown less habit forming," said Dr. Schwartz.
If you don't want to take any medications, a natural sleep aid could help.
Dr. Schwartz said, "Popular now a days is melatonin, which is a natural occurring substance and actually occurs in the body and can be taken in a pill form over the counter."
Hormone imbalance like menopause can interrupt sleep for months to years, and if you are going through menopause, talk to your doctor to help you transition through the process with less symptoms.