How to Sleep Well as You Age Nov. 19, 2014

The Importance of Sleep to Age Well | Brookfield Assisted LivingOur sleep patterns change over the years as we age. It’s common to get less sleep and wake up more frequently during the night. Lack of sleep can lead to many problems. However, there are preventative steps to take to get your much needed shuteye. With that, it’s important to keep in mind that every person’s sleep needs are different.

 

As we age, a solid night’s sleep is vital because it improves concentration and memory foundation, allows for your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day and restores your immune system, which can help prevent disease and boost your immune system.

 

To feel your best, follow these tips:

A good night’s sleep is key: Keeping a regular sleep schedule will help you achieve a good night’s sleep. Go to bed when you start to feel tired.

Staying active and engaged: Participating in social activities, hanging out with family and being engaged in work can all keep your activity level up and use an adequate amount of energy to prepare your body for sleep.

Maintaining a balanced diet: Feeding your body proper nutrients will allow your body to efficiently use energy throughout the day and prepare it to rest at night.

 Exercising regularly: Being too sedentary may cause you to not feel tired at night or feel tired all the time. Regular exercise early in the day can provide day time energy and promote restful sleep.

 

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours a night. Common sleep problems (such as sleep apnea) have been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Consult with a doctor if you experience difficulties sleeping.