Sleep is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. For many seniors, getting restful sleep at night can be difficult. While it is not uncommon to experience sleep patterns changes as people age, what is important is how a person’s sleep habits can be changed to ensure a more restful night’s sleep.
Many people mistakenly believe that people need less sleep as they age. In reality, everyone needs the same amount of sleep, but the aging process itself may make it more difficult for seniors to get the sleep they need.
At Southfield, we understand how sleep challenges can impact a senior’s enjoyment of daily activities and their satisfaction in this stage of life. Learn more about the residences at Southfield by calling 855.947.3838.
Is There A Connection Between Sleep And Aging?
For many seniors, sleep becomes increasingly more difficult with time. They may have more difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night, and rise feeling groggy and irritable. Is there a connection between sleep and aging that threatens our health and well-being? Many seniors have shared their sleep challenges, including:
- Pain and discomfort
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
- Frequent nighttime urination
The body’s circadian rhythm and stages of sleep change as we get older. Seniors tend to sleep better in the earlier, lighter stages of sleep and less in the later stages, causing them to wake up earlier and be tired again several hours later.
With retirement comes more available time to sleep during the day, preventing some seniors from falling asleep or staying asleep at night. As with so many other things, the body becomes more sensitive to external factors as we age, including light and noise distractions, daylight savings time, and schedule changes.
Insomnia Or Just Can’t Sleep?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep or remain asleep. While this stage of life affords seniors the freedom to enjoy life, it may also create opportunities for stress and anxiety, leading to insomnia. Isolation, a loss of independence, or medical conditions may create a situation that is more serious than “I just can’t sleep.” If you are experiencing sleeplessness that lasts for several days or weeks, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if you are experiencing insomnia or another challenge preventing restful sleep.
At Southfield, residences have been designed with seniors in mind to promote healthy habits and overall lifestyle. Learn more about how you or someone you love can live comfortably at home in this independent living community by calling 855.947.3838.
Sleep Tips For Seniors
To enjoy this stage of life to the fullest, seniors need to receive the right amount of sleep. By following some simple sleep tips, seniors can create better sleep habits and get the rest that they need, including:
- Implement an exercise regimen
- Eliminate distractions such as lights, television, and telephone
- Create a regular sleep schedule
- Maintain a bedtime routine that includes relaxing activities
- Avoid eating a large meal late in the day, caffeine, and alcohol
Better sleep habits can lead to a better night’s sleep allowing seniors to wake feeling rested and energized and prevent other challenges such as falls and accidents.
Learn More About the Southfield Community
Southfield provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy life at this stage while living independently. The programs and services we offer encourage residents to remain active, healthy, and connected while living independently.