If you feel like you just don’t get as much sleep as you used to, you’re not alone.

The coronavirus pandemic is clearly not helping any of us sleep more soundly. But other factors may also be messing with your slumber. Aging may increase the likelihood of developing conditions that can affect sleep, such as obstructive sleep apnea, arthritis, and reflux disease, says Jeanne Duffy, Ph.D., a neuroscientist in the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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Here are some strategies to help you get optimal sleep—plus tips on shopping for sleep supplies from Chris Regan, who oversees mattress and pillow testing at Consumer Reports.

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Need More Help?

If you’ve tried the strategies above and you’re still finding it difficult to fall or stay asleep, or your partner tells you that you’ve been snoring loudly or gasping while asleep, tell your doctor.

Options for treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia or continuous positive airway pressure for sleep apnea.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the May 2020 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.