Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for proper functioning in the next day. Interrupted sleep, lack of sleep and insomnia that lasts for a long period of time, usually leads to physical and mental problems. Poor sleeping habits are present in people of all ages and all of them feel the same negative effects. The aging process brings many changes in our lives and we certainly can’t expect to have the same schedule as before once we get retired. But, this change results in sleeping disorders in many older people. So, how exactly can seniors improve their sleep?
As already mentioned, sleep deprivation and sleeping problems directly affect your overall health. Luckily, there are many different ways in which you can improve your sleep and ultimately your health. For instance, many people have witnessed improvement after buying a new mattress. No matter how expensive your mattress was when you bought it, this product has certain expiry date. Generally speaking, mattresses become worn and torn after 7 years. This is the right time to buy a new mattress. Another good idea is to create a good sleeping routine and practice it every day. Choose when is the best time to go to sleep and when to wake up. Try to fall asleep and wake up at the same time every day. The space where you are sleeping must follow some standards for good sleep. For instance, you will need to create dark environment free of noises. Don’t underestimate the connection between sleep and overall health. If you are following a good diet and you are working out on a regular basis you will definitely sleep better. We should not forget that some products like cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine act like stimulants and keep us awake despite our need to sleep.
It is quite natural for older people and people in general to have a bad night and don’t get enough sleep. However, if this situation continues they will face some serious health issues. Unfortunately, sleep disorders frequently occur in senior citizens. If you suspect that you are suffering from some type of sleep disorder you should visit your doctor’s office. Sleep apnea and insomnia are the most common sleep disorders in older people.
Finally, caregivers who are working with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease should be very careful because this disease disrupts the sleep cycles.