Tips for Better Sleep for Seniors

Everyone struggles with sleep from time to time. However, as we age, insomnia seems to rear its ugly head more frequently. Seniors may find it difficult to sleep for long stretches at night and find themselves waking up much earlier in the morning than they would like.better sleep

However, just because sleep is more difficult to come by for the elderly, it doesn’t mean that a full night’s sleep is any less important. Here are a few tips for achieving better sleep for seniors.

  • Sleep when you are sleepy. Your sleep pattern may shift as you age and that’s ok. If you are feeling tired at 8pm, don’t fight it, go ahead and sleep, and don’t worry if that means you are awake by 4am. Napping is healthy too, and counts toward your sleep total.
  • Try something new. If you spend more then ten minutes laying in bed unable to sleep, try reading in bed or listening to music or a podcast. Sometimes it is easier to dose off when you aren’t so focused on trying to sleep.
  • Talk to your doctor. Insomnia can be a symptom of a larger problem, so if problems sleeping persist you should talk to your doctor about your concerns. You may be able to try a natural sleep aid like melatonin, or adjust some of your current medications that impact your sleep.

Quality sleep is important at every stage of life. A long-term lack of sleep can lead to an increase in anxiety or physical illnesses. If you want help caring for an older person in your life, please contact us, we would love to help you give them the best quality of life possible.