“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”
― David Benioff, City of Thieves.
Sleep, as we age, seems to become more valuable and less attainable. Those who sleep effortlessly are assuredly envied. The aging process continues to require seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, aches and pains, changes in the brain’s circadian rhythms, medications, and simply worrying about getting to sleep make forty winks challenging. Bodies need sleep. Slumber allows brains to store information and rid themselves of waste. Nerves start talking to each other and subsequently reorganize. Cells repair themselves and grow. Hormones and proteins are released. It is as if Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory has every physical gizmo buzzing and whirring!
Stop second-guessing the reasons for insomnia. The National Institute on Aging presents simple, practical tips on how Seniors may “get in the mood” for a good night’s sleep.
- Follow a regular sleep schedule… wherever your pillow is.
- Avoid naps, especially in the late afternoon.
- Avoid placing a TV, tablet, cell phone, and computer in the bedroom. Save horror movies for the daytime, as well as disturbing newscasts.
- DO relax … read a book, soak in the tub, or play soothing music.
- Alcohol and caffeinated drinks will not help, but a warm glass of milk might.
Sleeplessness for some is triggered by sleep apnea, a condition where breathing is interrupted and gives the heart a jolt. Symptoms are snoring, morning headaches disappearing after a short time of moving, or uncontrollable blood pressure. A doctor may recommend wearing a CPAP should these signs continue. Restless leg syndrome, where one’s legs have uncomfortable sensations non-stop during the night, painful arthritis, and dementia are triggers of sleepless nights. Medications may be available to help if you have these conditions.
The Yale School of Medicine reported a number of Seniors in a sleep study used supplements (melatonin, valerian, chamomile) in small doses (less than 3mg) and did fall asleep successfully. However, grogginess, confusion, and fall risks were not uncommon.
Seniors who use Bridge to Better Living when transitioning to a Retirement Community report sleeping effortlessly. Why? Transition Consultants take all the worry and stress of the search away from clients while giving expert guidance. No worry, no stress, NO COST TO THE CLIENT. Contact Bridge to Better Living today… and don’t let the bed bugs bite.