As we age and our bodies change, it's common to notice a difference in not only how long we sleep but the quality of it.
With the changes, we experience different cycles in a 24-hour period called circadian rhythms. The flow of the rhythm begins to deteriorate with age and influences how we feel. Senior Helpers would like to share a few tips to help you develop better sleep habits for a good nights’ rest.
- Add regular exercise to your day
Those who exercise tend to fall asleep quicker because their bodies are tired. Exercise provides many great benefits and is one of the best things one can do for their health.
- Reduce bedroom distractions
Distractions such as cell phones, televisions, and bright lights can keep you up at night. An easy way to reduce distractions is to unplug or put away the disturbances to avoid their temptation.
- Follow a regular sleep schedule
As we get older, developing and sticking to a consistent sleep schedule is important. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. Our bodies function well on a schedule, and we should try to avoid sudden changes to our sleep schedule.
- Have a bedtime routine
A bedtime routine can consist of many things such as having quiet time, taking a bath, or reading. A routine can help quiet the mind and prepare the body for a good night’s rest. See what works best for you.
- Limit food and drink that discourage sleep
Certain substances can make sleep more difficult. Try to limit alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and even large meals late in the day. Give your body plenty of time to process before putting your head on that pillow.
Senior Helpers wants your loved one to sleep well every night. Our Personal Care and Companion Care services allow our caregivers to remind your loved ones of their diets, routines, and schedules.
We are here to lend a helping hand and keep your loved one on track for a good night’s sleep.
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