The importance of sleep for anyone, no matter their age, is crucial for overall health. Sleep is how our minds and bodies recover from the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people over the age of 65 need at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Sleep is an indicator of health and well-being for older adults – it is a key factor in remaining mentally and physically well for years to come.
Sleep Tips for Seniors:
Stick to a Regular Bedtime
Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends. This routine will become normal for your body over time. Limit late afternoon naps so you can stick to your schedule.
Drink Less Fluids at Night
Nighttime urination, also known as nocturia, increases with age. A way to counteract that is to limit fluid intake at night. Be sure to stay well hydrated earlier in the day so you can taper off after dinner.
Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and large meals late in the day can make sleeping a challenge. Try eating dinner 3-4 hours before you sleep and refraining from any other substances.
Create an Enjoyable Nighttime Routine
Do you enjoy reading before bed? Taking a warm bath? Journaling? Finding enjoyable ways to unwind will help you relax and prepare for catching some Zzz’s before you get in bed.
Exercise for Better Sleep
Regular exercise promotes better sleep. Make sure you don’t work out within three hours of your bedtime. Visit our state-of-the-art fitness center or walk on the walking trail when the weather permits to get your daily exercise in!
Safe Sleeping for Seniors
Insufficient sleep in older adults can lead to a higher risk of falls and accidents. Here are some safety tips to consider in the bedroom:
- Reduce bedroom hazards – Never smoke in bed and use caution when placing rugs, cell phone charger cords, furniture, stools, etc., that may be tripped over or bumped into during the night.
- Make sure a light is within reach – Easy access to a light switch from the bed is crucial to limit stumbling around the bedroom in the dark. Having a flashlight within reach is also important in case the power goes out.
- Keep a telephone by the bed – It’s critical to be able to call for help from the bed. Having a phone on the nightstand with a list of important numbers is a must.
Rest assured, at Parkview Senior Living our resident’s well-being is our top priority. For more on living and loving life at Parkview please explore our website or follow our Facebook page.