Answers with rationales
- True: studies have shown that lack of sleep is a cause of disease as well as illness.
- False: you can use the tool provided by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quailty Index listed earlier on the page to find out if your sleep habits are abnormal. If they are abnormal, you should talk to your doctor.
- True: studies have shown that light exposure does have an impact on the sleep cycle. Low light and darkness stimulate the brain to release chemicals that cause sleep, while bright light signals the brain to stay active.
- False: soothing scents are an excellent way to calm the mind before bed.
- False: although older adults may go to bed and wake up earlier and may awaken more often during the night, they are still able to achieve good sleep.
Community resources picked for you
- Most hospitals in the community have sleep centers. One close to your community and with your physician is the TriHealth Good Samaritan Glenway Sleep Center located on 6350 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45211.
- Visit the Green Township Senior Citizens Center at 3620 Epley Lane, Cincinnati OH 45247. This center provides numerous daily activities that can contribute to sleep health such as daily physical activity and yoga.
- Try out your local neighborhood shopping center for comfortable pajamas, calm scented candles, and low light night lights.
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