Studies show that up to 40 percent of older adults deal with sleeping problems. The most common issue for older adults includes falling asleep, staying asleep, and failing to fall into the deep sleep that our bodies need. Sleep is imperatives for the body to repair ad recharge itself to perform every day activities.
While aging is linked to these sleeping problems, there are also other factors that may be contributing to these issues. For example, sometimes poor sleep is caused by medication or an underlying condition or illness. With that said, if you are and older adult and are having difficulties sleeping, the first step is to contact your doctor. After hearing your symptoms, your doctor will be able to tell you what the best course of action is give you current state of being.
Here are a few easy tips that may help you get better sleep:
-Have a consistent schedule of when you go to bed and wake up
- Avoid screen time an hour before your scheduled bedtime
- turn your room temperature to 60-67 degrees
- Invest in comfortable bedding
- Increase your exposure to natural light during the day
- Avoid eating large meals before you go to bed