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30 - CAPE GAZETYE, Tuesday, April 5 - April 7, 2005 Do older people need more or less sleep? Dear Fred: Do older people need more sleep? - Drowsy in Mil- waukee Dear Drowsy: Seniors need about the same amount of slee p as younger adults - seven to nine hours a night. Unfortunately, many older adultsdon&apos;t get the sleep they need, because they often have more trouble falling asleep. A study of adults older than 65 found that 13 percent of men and 36 percent of women take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep. Also, older people often sleep less deeply and wake up more of- ten throughout the night, which may be why they may nap more often during the daytime. Night- time sleep schedules may change with age too. Many older adults Fred Cicetti Submitted photo Auxiliary plans fundraisers for Beebe The Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary recently held its mem- bership luncheon and discussed its upcoming fundralsing events: annual book sale, jewelry sale, Fun Day at the Farm and a Night in Italy - or another country - which will include a dinner and a live and silent auction. After a lunchprepared by Beebe staff, members heard from the guest speaker, registered nurse Dot Cimienti, who is also an orthopaedic project preoperation nurse/educator for total joint replacement at Beebe Medical Center. Auxiliary Presi- dent Ruth Logue, left, who is shown with Cimienti, has had both hips replaced at Beebe. Auxiliary members, in addition to fundralsing, also volun- teer their time at the hospital. Auxiliary volunteers operate the gift shop and staff the front desk in addition to perform- ing other necessary tasks at the hospital. Anyone wishing to become a member is encouraged to pick up an application at the information desk. tend to get sleepier earlier in the evening and awen earlier in the morning. Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging. If you are having trouble sleeping, see your doctor or a sleep specialist. Here are some pointers to help you get better sleep: Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, even on weekends. Sticking to a regular bedtime and wake time Schedule helps keep you in sync with your body's cir- cadian clock, a 24-hour internal rhythm affected by sunlight. Try not to nap too much dur- ing the days'you might be less sleepy at night. Try to exercise at regular times each day. Exercising regu- larly improves the quality of your nighttime sleep and helps you sleep more soundly. Try to finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime. Try to get some natural light in the afternoon each day. Be careful about what you eat. Don't drink beverages with caf- feine late in the day. Caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake. Also, if you like a snack before bed, a warm beverage and a few crackers may help. Don't drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes to help you sleep. Even small amounts of alcohol can make it harder to stay asleep. Smoking is dangerous for many reasons, including the hazard of Wellnet Foundation to host meeting April 6 The Delmarva Community Wellnet Foundation will hold a special meeting from 7 to 8:15 p.m2, Wednesday, April 6, at Lewes Public Library. Because of some special announcements, changes and decision-oriented projects, all Wellnet members are strongly urged to attend this meet- ing. Participation is this meeting is essential for meeting organiza- tion goals. Nonmembers and public attendees are welcome as well. Two presentations are sched- uled for the meeting. The first presentation, at 7:20 p.m., will be from Janice Johnson of Starlight Wellness Center in Millville. She will discuss polarity therapy, en- ergy body work to balance energy systems and promoting healing through Ayurveda medicine mod- els. The second presentation, at at 7:40 p.m., will be from Marcia Collins, owner of Good News Natural Foods in Dover. The meeting will also include an update on Wellnet's expansion of services, discussion of meet- ings outside the Lewes area, the start of some community service projects, as' well as time to net- work and connect with other members. Members are requested to RSVP with an email to Dr. Kim Furtado at npih2001 "FINA.LLY!" AFFORDABLE HEALTH & LIFE* INSURANCE FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED & INDIVIDUALS Chuck Gooding - Licensed Agent 302-684-2832 or 877-243-0934 www. ch uckgooding-ins, corn Association group insurance plans are underwritten by The MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company: Home Office: Oklahoma City, OK. Association membership is required" M/NATL0771  12/05 ................ " ........... :   " ,i: ,,, falling asleep with a lit cigarette. Also, the nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant. Create a safe and comfortable place to sleep. Make sure there are locks on all doors and smoke alarms on each floor. A lamp that's easy to turn on and a phone by your bed may be helpful. The room should be dark, well venti- lated, and as quiet as possible. Develop a bedtime routine. Do the same things each night to tell your body that it's time to wind down. Some people watch the evening news, read a book, or soak in a warm bath. Use your bedroom only for sleeping. After turning off the light, give yourself about 15 min- utes to fall asleep. If you are still awake and not drowsy, get out of bed. When you get sleepy, go back to bed. Try not to worry about your sleep. Some people find that playing mental games is helpful. For example, tell yourself it's five minutes before you have to get up and you're just trying to get a few extra winks. HEALTHY GEEZER Fred Cicetti, a first-class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior citi- zens. To ask a question, send an email to fredcicetti@- If you are so tired during the day that you cannot function nor- mally and if this lasts for more than two to three weeks, you should see your family doctor or a sleep disorders specialist. Family Health of Georgetown announces Eskandar A. Yazaji Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Accepting new patients in Georgetown. Call for appointment 302-856-4092 317 N. DuPont Hwy. 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