My 66-year-old father has developed insomnia. He has no serious underlying medical problems, but takes ramipril. Could it be stress-related or linked to the ‘manopause’?
S. Smith, North London.
We all have a strong biological drive to sleep, peaking in childhood and young adulthood. The sleep pattern tends to go off the rails later in life, typically as a result of medical problems or social factors.
The conditions that contribute to insomnia range from lung and heart disorders to urinary ones, but you say your father has no serious underlying health problems.
Menopause is a well-known trigger for insomnia in women. Men also experience changing levels of hormones such as testosterone around the age of 50 (sometimes known as the male…