Seniors and Sleep: The Importance of Rest
By Claudia Vicente, Insignia Digital
A Sleeping Pattern
A healthy sleeping pattern is essential for one’s well-being, especially as we age. It is a common misconception that seniors sleep more—when compared to different age groups—but as a matter of fact, most seniors do not get the correct amount of rest during the night. This is because seniors have a high probability of having a sleeping disorder. Also, other conditions associated with senior sleep deprivation would be arthritis pain, restless leg syndrome, urinary incontinence, sleep apnea, among others. Keeping this in mind: How beneficial is a healthy sleeping pattern for a senior?
A great amount of benefits are linked to a good night’s sleep. Some include: boosting the immune system, helping with inflammation, decreasing stress, bettering the emotional state, lowering the risk of dementia, and reducing the risk of accidents—such as falls.
Suggestions to improve sleeping habits
If a senior loved one is having trouble resting, here are a few suggestions to improve senior sleeping habits. These ideas are:
- To decrease caffeine consumption
- To avoid screen time before going to sleep
- To steer clear of irregular naps in the daytime
- and to exercise during the day—an example would be to take a nice walk.
- Good tips would also be to try sleeping teas
- Tweaking food habits—such as limiting sugar intake—
- and to take a melatonin supplement right before bedtime.
Medical help should be sought if sleep deprivation becomes a serious issue for a senior.