No matter what age you are, sleep is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. For many seniors, getting restful sleep at night can be challenging. It is not uncommon to experience changes in sleep patterns as people age. What is important is how those sleep habits can be changed to ensure a better night’s sleep.
While there is no one reason seniors may experience sleep challenges, it seems to be an inevitable aging fact that comes with the territory. At Northfield, the experienced staff understands the challenges seniors face and makes every effort to create a comfortable environment for residents to live in their own homes and obtain the best sleep possible. Learn more about them by calling 844.334.1490.
The Sleep And Aging Connection
Many people find that sleep becomes more elusive with each passing year. They wake up more often during the night, find it harder to fall asleep, and ultimately, sleep less per night. What is this connection between sleep and aging that threatens the health and well-being of those over 65? Several common reasons resonate among many older adults, including:
- Pain and discomfort
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
- Nocturia or nighttime urination
Sleep cycles or stages of sleep change as we get older. While younger people spend more time in later, deeper sleep stages, this cycle changes to more sleep in the earlier, lighter stage. The body’s circadian rhythm alters over time, encouraging seniors to be sleepy earlier in the day and rising earlier in the morning.
While a short nap during the day may be beneficial, the frequency and duration of naps may impact a senior’s ability to sleep at night. External factors such as daylight savings time, noise or light distractions, and jet lag can interrupt the body’s natural sleep patterns and are more difficult to recover from.
Seniors often experience many lifestyle changes that may lead to difficulty sleeping. While retirement affords older adults more freedom to do what they want, it also creates more free time to think, worry, and stress. Anxiety and depression are common among seniors who are isolated from others or have lost some independence. Stress and anxiety can lead to insomnia or the inability to sleep at all. Some medical conditions may also contribute to insomnia and should be brought to a healthcare provider’s attention.
At Northfield, residences have been designed with the health and well-being of seniors in mind. Learn more about how you or someone you love can be at home in a senior living community by calling 844.334.1490.
5 Sleep Tips For Seniors
To make the most of every day, seniors need to get the right amount of sleep. This may even mean making some changes in their lives to encourage better sleep habits, including:
- Reduce distractions in the bedroom such as televisions, phones, and bright lights
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Establish a bedtime routine that includes relaxing activities
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and heavy foods late in the day
- Exercise regularly
A lack of sleep can lead to a greater risk of falls for seniors. To prevent a dangerous situation and enhance a senior’s ability to function during the day and have better health and wellness, it is recommended that those over 65 receive at least eight hours of restful sleep each night.
Learn More About Northfield
Northfield, an independent living community for seniors, provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy life at this stage while living independently. Our caring staff has created programs and services designed to meet the needs of thriving seniors in the comfort of their own homes, encouraging them to participate in activities to keep them active, healthy, and connected.