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How Much Sleep Should You Get as a Senior

senior sleepA good night’s sleep is important to everyone. It’s when the body relaxes and gets ready for the day ahead. It’s important for the brain too. It’s when it files away all of the experiences of the day. Without sleep, the body and mind run on empty. They may have trouble keeping up with the day because it’s still trying to process the day before.

Many people who don’t get enough sleep will feel irritable and grumpy. It’s the body’s way of telling the person more sleep is needed. Listening to the body is the best way to care for it.

Knowing how much sleep you should get as a senior is important. That way you can gauge whether or not you need to take a nap during the day.

Senior Sleep – How Much Should a Senior Get

According to Aging Care, seniors need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. This can be hard to determine because it’s not only the time you spend laying bed, it’s the time you’re actually sleeping.

As you grow older, your sleep patterns change. You may have trouble falling asleep, so you’ll lose 30 minutes or more trying to sleep. When you do fall asleep, you may wake up with the urge to use the restroom. It could take you 30 minutes to fall back to sleep.

There are many causes to sleep problems such as:

  • Medications
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Lack of exercise
  • Snoring
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Alcohol or caffeine consumption

Waking up early in the morning is another problem for seniors because their circadian rhythms have changed with age. Melatonin, a hormone that helps with sleep, may decrease with age. This can cause sleeping problems as well.

Tips for Better Sleep

Since it’s important to receive the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, consider these tips to help you sleep better.

  • Speak to your doctor about your medication and medical problems.
  • Try not to use your bed for anything but sleeping.
  • Take a melatonin supplement.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially during the afternoon.
  • Start exercising more.
  • Take a bath before bed.
  • Have a cup of warm tea.
  • Try to calm your mind before laying down to sleep. Practice meditation, pray, or listen to some relaxing music.
  • Limit beverages after 6 PM.
  • Do not worry about sleeping. If you don’t fall asleep within 30 minutes, get up, do something until you feel the urge to sleep. Worrying about sleeping will keep you from sleeping.

Sleeping is incredibly important to your overall health and well-being. Make it a priority to improve your sleep. You can get some more help with your sleep by venting about what is keeping you up at night with a personal consultant Kendall Van Blarcom. He can help you work out your problems, so you can approach sleep at night relaxed and peacefulness.

Contact him now for a personal consulting session.

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