As We Age, It is Essential to Get Enough Sleep
A good night’s sleep does a world of good for your body. Adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, whereas seniors tend to go to bed earlier and wake up later than when they were younger. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is when we sleep the deepest, as opposed to non-REM sleep. As we get older, we spend less time sleeping deeply. Due to this, seniors are often light sleepers and tend to sleep little and often. With that said, it is important to maintain enough sleep for your physical and mental health.
What is keeping you awake at night?
There are many reasons why people cannot get to sleep in the evening. Insomnia is the most common sleep problem in adults over age 60.
Symptoms of insomnia include:
- Taking a long time to fall asleep
- Continuously waking up in the night
- Waking up early, unable to get back to sleep
- Waking up tired
- Feeling tired and lethargic during the day
Insomnia does depend on what is happening in your life. If you are stressed or excited, you may find yourself suffering from insomnia. It can also occur from certain medicines or illnesses.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder as the person experiences short pauses in breathing while they sleep. This can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, and/or memory loss. The person is advised to see a doctor who can teach them to sleep in a position that keeps the airways open, be fitted for a sleep aid device, or surgery to ensure safe and effective sleep.
Alzheimer’s disease can often change a person’s sleeping habits. One may sleep too much; others don’t sleep enough. It is hard to predict how an individual will act, so caregivers often lose a great amount of sleep too. This leads them to be too tired to face the next day’s challenges.
If you care for someone with Alzheimer’s, try the following:
- Clear the floor of any objects
- Lock up medicines
- Place a gate across the top of the stairs
Safety should come first and foremost, which is why you should ensure that you have smoke alarms on each floor and lock the outside doors before going to bed. Taking these precautions will give you peace of mind, which will hopefully lead to a better night’s sleep.
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