As the baby boomer population age, there are some normal changes that many seniors experience regarding their sleeping patterns. Many seniors experience changes like sleeping earlier, waking up earlier, or enjoying less quality sleep. However, waking up tired, having trouble falling asleep, feeling sleepy during the day, or having difficulty staying awake during the day are symptoms of insomnia and are not a normal part of aging. Sleep is as important for health as eating well and maintaining an active life. Experts recommend adults to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. These tips can help you overcome age-related sleep problems and get that good quality sleep you need.
Tip #1 Get Closer to Mother Nature
According to a study made by the University of Illinois, found that aging seniors who spend time in nature have a higher chance to sleep better. Seniors engaging with nature will help them stay active and boost mental health, two factors that are proved to improve quality of sleep.
Tip #2 Make a Routine
A regular routine made for seniors can help them set a biological rhythm that will set an alarm that will help them go to sleep. Routines can be as simple as waking up for breakfast at 9am, going for a walk after lunch and reading the newspaper right before dinner.
Tip # 3 Eat More Fiber
According to a study from the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, eating more fiber and getting less saturated fat and sugar can help with seniors sleep. More fiber also was found to increase not only quality of sleep but it was found to reduce middle of night wake ups.
Tip # 4 Work Out
Finding time throughout the day to work out is important to help your aging loved one to stay fit and also increase chances of falling asleep and enjoying that sleep.
Tip # 5 Take Your Time
As your senior loved one is getting ready to go to bed, it’s important to remember that’s this process should be done with time. It is recommended to turn off electronic devices off one hour before bed. Music, reading a book or taking a warm bath for help them relax and slow down making them ready to go to bed.
When your aging loved one gets good quality sleep they can gain different health benefits. Some of the main benefits of quality sleep are: decrease risk of heart disease, dementia and obesity. In addition, lengthy and great sleep also means better moods, increased weight control, clearer thinking, better memory (increases cognition, attention and decision making) and stronger immunity. Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are capable of helping out your seniors throughout the day or night. So don’t forget to share this article to help your senior loved one learn more about the importance of sleep and take advantage of these great tips.
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