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5 Tips to Improve Sleep for Older Adults

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Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep! This is especially true for older adults who reap the benefits of rest. Sleep is responsible for repairing our bodies every night and improving our memory and concentration. For seniors, sleep is also a key factor in emotional and physical health. Restful sleep helps keep insomnia, disturbed sleep, and waking up tired at bay. Read through our 5 helpful tips below so you can improve the quality of your sleep!

Stay Active During the Day

If you want a better night’s sleep, be sure to get in your daily exercise! Our bodies release chemicals while we exercise that help us sleep more solid at night. With as little as a half hour each day of physical activity, you can find yourself feeling more well-rested!

Set a Bedtime Routine

Before going to bed, try implementing a soothing sleep activity such as listening to music, meditating, or taking a hot bath. Additionally, if you go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day (including the weekends), you can regulate your body’s sleep schedule!

Go to Bed Earlier

Having trouble getting enough sleep every night? You might need to try one simple solution! Set your bedtime earlier by one or two hours and see if it makes a difference in how much sleep you get. If you find yourself feeling tired even earlier, don’t fight your body, just go to bed.

Minimize Distraction in the Bedroom

You can train your brain to associate your bedroom with just two things: sleep and relaxation. To do this, avoid using computers, tablets, phones, and TVs in the bedroom. Also ensure that your room is dark, quiet, and cool – all key factors to getting a good night’s rest.

Limit Items Before Going to Sleep

Before you go to bed, we recommend avoiding the following items to get better sleep. Limit your caffeine intake during the day and don’t consume any close to your bedtime because it can keep you awake. Generally, you’ll want to limit the amount of liquids your drink before bed to minimize bathroom trips. Refrain from eating big meals or too much sugar before going to sleep – both can cause indigestion and wakefulness.

If you still need more advice on improving your sleep, call Home Care Assistance today! Our experts are standing by with guidance and can help you learn about our senior care programs.

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