9 months ago · admin · Comments Off on How to Improve Sleep Quality in Older Adults?
Getting up too early or experiencing interrupted sleep is usually taken as normal for a senior. Unfortunately, this can be due to a sleep disorder that needs medical attention.
Our sleep patterns change with age. Sleep may become fragmented and many older adults may be up too early even though they don’t feel rested. Medications, chronic pain, medical conditions, and mental health issues may affect the senior’s quality of sleep. Your lifestyle and sleep environment can also make it difficult to have a good night’s sleep.
Insufficient or poor-quality sleep can not only make you feel awful, but it’s can also have a negative impact on health. It can trigger or worsen mental and emotional health issues, lead to cognitive decline, and increase the risk of serious medical conditions.
Fortunately, you can improve your sleep quality and help yourself or your aging loved one get enough, good-quality sleep, without depending on sleeping pills.
- Simple changes, such as exercise and warm baths, can improve your sleep.
- Establishing a regular sleep routine is an important part of sleep health. It involves –
- avoiding spending time in bed or sleeping during the day.
- staying active by going on walks or engaging in other physical activities, such as yoga
- maintaining social interaction, by going on outings or to a movie
- eating healthy meals 2 or 3 hours before bedtime
- creating a sleep-friendly environment, such as a clean bed, drawn blinds, and comfortable room temperature
- following a soothing bedtime routine, such as a warm bath or reading
- Get out in the sunlight during the day. It helps with melatonin production and improves mood and the sleep-wake cycle.
- Talk to your doctor about any medication side effects that may be interfering with sleep.