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The Importance Of Quality Sleep For Seniors

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/10/2015
As we age, our sleeping patterns may change. This is perfectly normal. Older adults tend to fall asleep earlier, wake earlier, or sleep less deeply. These changes are nothing to worry about. However, waking up tired every day or being unable to fall asleep or stay asleep might be indications of insomnia, which is not a normal age-related sleep change.

Regardless of age, sleep is very important to overall physical and mental well-being. Not getting enough sleep can affect your immune system, which can leave you susceptible to illness. It can also adversely affect mood and concentration. There are some things seniors can do to ensure a good night's sleep, however.
  1. Maintain a regular bedtime routine. It's a good idea to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This keeps your body's internal clock from becoming confused. It can also be helpful to establish your own set of bedtime rituals to signal to your body that's it's time for sleep. Practice deep breathing, take a warm shower or bath, or listen to soothing music each night before going to bed.
  2. Avoid watching television or using computers or other electronic devices too close to bedtime. The light emitted from your computer screen or iPad can interfere with your ability to fall asleep. The light from your TV screen can prevent you from falling asleep, and watching an overly engrossing TV show is stimulating, not relaxing.
  3. Make sure your bed is comfortable. Quality of sleep can be linked to to bed quality. To ensure a good night's sleep, make sure you're using a good mattress. The Simmons 600, available from The Medical Maven, is ideal for those who require a low pressure mattress. The Simmons 600 provides pressure reduction and redistribution to ensure a comfortable sleep experience. It is even ideal for higher risk individuals, such as those with pressure ulcers, making it a great option for the bed-bound seniors.

Statement: Although sleep habits may change over time, good sleep is important at any age.

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