If You’re a Senior and Can’t Sleep, Read This.
As the years go by, you might begin to notice that you are waking up earlier, waking up more often throughout the night, or simply having difficulties sleeping for most nights. More and more people are beginning to report lack of sleep or difficulty sleeping as they age.
Although there is not really a “right” amount of sleep, sleeping for a good amount of hours is crucial to one’s health. While experts say that it is important to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night, it is also important to remember that in all cases, it is not about the quantity of sleep but the quality of sleep that will contribute to your overall health, enhance your mood, and help you feel rested throughout the day.
How exactly can you reach that desired level of quality sleep if you can’t even sleep in the first place? Here are the best ways to get you there, rest assured.
Take a Warm Bath
Believe it or not, the warmth of a hot tub not only makes you feel good and relaxed, but it will make you feel tired. When you get out of a warm tub, your body temperature drops. This drop in temperature will help you feel more tired. Taking a warm bath ultimately leads you to feel good and relax. Can you be more ready for bed?
Drink Green Tea
There are many reasons why green tea is widely known as a remedy for sleepless nights. One of them is because green tea contains an amino acid called l-theanine. This acid induces relaxation, which enhances sleep and helps you feel less tired throughout the day. I-theanine is your best friend.
Your Bedroom is your Sleep Zone
If you are constantly relaxing in your bed throughout the day, get out! Your bedroom is your sleep zone. Use it only for that purpose. Train your mind and your body to know that bed equals sleep and sleep equals bed.
There shouldn’t be anything in between to confuse your mind and body so clear all distractions that are currently there. Once your mind and body attach sleep to bed and vice versa, you will find yourself falling asleep more often and quicker than ever before as soon as you hit the bed.
Avoid Afternoon Naps at all Costs
The more you sleep during the day, the less you will sleep at night. It’s simple to understand, but much harder to implement. If you feel like you are falling asleep during the day, get out of your house so you don’t have anywhere to sleep. Remind yourself that if you sleep now, you will be up all night and that is not fun.
Stick to a Schedule
Our mind and our body ultimately determine everything. Train your mind and body to go to sleep and wake up at the same times every single morning. Work on this routine every day, so that your mind and body can be programmed accordingly.
If you go to bed at 7 PM, don’t be surprised if you begin waking up at 12 PM and claim that you can’t sleep throughout the night! By regulating our bodies and time, our mind and body will do all the work for us. The only thing you will be responsible for is closing your eyes.
That’s all for now. All you need to do is follow these steps religiously and you will get the quality sleep you deserve. Sleep is crucial to every human being and no one should have to live one night without it. You know you deserve it. Now make sure you go out and get it.
If you have any questions about sleeping, request an appointment with us today. The team at GMP Medical is ready to have you sleeping like a log.
January 30, 2018 4:09 pm
Categories: Senior Health