Sleep And Seniors – A Bridge To Good Health
- In the retirement years, it is common to suffer from sleep related problems. Experiencing changes in sleep patterns is common, but for many, problem continues in the form of –
- Having trouble falling asleep
- Waking often throughout the night
- Waking up early in the morning
Sleep is necessary to relax the body and restore the energy levels. Lack of sleep can make seniors irritable, tired, and distracted. Attention issues, depressed mood, and memory problems also follow. But what causes such changes in seniors’ sleeping patterns? Well, here are some risk factors.
- Less production of melatonin
- Side effects of prescription medications
- Alzheimer’s or dementia
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Chronic pain
- Consumption of caffeinated drinks
- Sleep apnea
Regardless of the reason behind sleep problems, seniors need good amount of sleep on a daily basis. And they can take a few actions to achieve that.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks, smoking and alcoholic drinks.
- If senior suffers from a mental issue that is affecting their sleep pattern, then get them treated for the medical condition.
- Set a regular routine to get the body used to sleeping at a fixed time. Same goes for waking up in the morning.
Remember that sleeping problems are not a normal part of aging. So, get to the bottom of the problem and find appropriate solution. Let your senior build the bridge to good health with a regular sleep pattern.
And if your loved one needs help in day time too (daily living tasks, housekeeping, personal care etc.), then hire professional in home caregivers for them from a noted firm like ABC in Greater Milwaukee.