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Sleep and Seniors

Sleep is truly the foundation of health. However, getting a good night’s rest can be harder as we age. Different factors contribute to the lack of sleep in seniors: medication, body aches, pain, or sleep apnea. According to the National Institute on Aging, “An ongoing lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep increases your risk of […]
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Sleep is truly the foundation of health.

However, getting a good night’s rest can be harder as we age. Different factors contribute to the lack of sleep in seniors: medication, body aches, pain, or sleep apnea. According to the National Institute on Aging, “An ongoing lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep increases your risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Lack of sleep is also linked to memory problems, forgetfulness, and more falls or accidents.” (Source)

So, what is the amount of sleep seniors should be getting? 

It is recommended that seniors get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Insomnia is common in older adults, making sleep difficult to achieve. 

The National Institute on Aging recommends the following tips for a good night’s rest:

  • Follow a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends or when you are traveling.
  • If possible, avoid napping in the late afternoon or evening. Naps may keep you awake at night.
  • Develop a bedtime routine. Each night, take time to relax before bedtime. Some people read a book, listen to soothing music, or soak in a warm bath.
  • Try not to watch television or use your computer, cell phone, or tablet in the bedroom. The light from these devices may make it difficult for you to fall asleep. And alarming or unsettling shows or movies, like horror movies, may keep you awake.
  • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature, not too hot or too cold, and as quiet as possible.
  • Use low lighting in the evenings and as you prepare for bed.
  • Exercise at regular times each day but not within 3 hours of your bedtime.
  • Avoid eating large meals close to bedtime—they can keep you awake.
  • Stay away from caffeine late in the day. Caffeine (found in coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate) can keep you awake.
  • Remember—alcohol won’t help you sleep. Even small amounts make it harder to stay asleep.

Senior Sleep Tips

Sleep shouldn’t be stressful. We hope these tips have helped a bit! If you are looking for recommendations and information on specific resources, information, or care options, please call us. We’re a FREE concierge service to seniors and their caregivers. 



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