There's nothing better than waking up refreshed after a good night's sleep. And for seniors, that good night's sleep is also good for your health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, seniors over age 65 and older should get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Doing so can help you stay both physically and mentally healthier as you age.
Here are just a few reasons sleep is so important for seniors:
Unfortunately, for some seniors, good sleep doesn’t always come so easy. For many, sleep issues are just a natural part of aging as the production of melatonin, a sleep essential hormone, decreases as we age. This is why it’s not uncommon to hear seniors complain of getting tired earlier in the evening, waking up earlier in the morning, or even suffering from insomnia, in which you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both.
Disorders like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and periodic limbic movement disorder, as well as health conditions like diabetes, cognitive heart failure, kidney disease or prostate issues in men can also impact sleep. Common medications such as antidepressants and beta-blockers can also affect your ability to get a good night’s rest. If this applies to you, be sure to speak with your doctor.
Additionally, there are a number of healthy sleep habits every senior should make part of their routine to improve their sleep, including:
Healthy sleep is just the start of helping seniors stay healthy. At Western Home Communities, we ensure every senior has access to the services and amenities they need to stay active, healthy and stress free. Everything we do, from the programs we offer, to our healthy home cooked meals, are all designed with the needs of seniors in mind. Contact Western Home Communities today to learn more about our senior living options.