As we age, not only do we experience physical changes but our sleep patterns can change too. Many older adults have reported that they have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep compared to when they were younger. Some of this may be due to medical conditions, untreated sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome but it could also be linked to bad habits.
Healthy adults need about 7 to 9-hours of sleep per night. If you’re not getting enough sleep and you wake up feeling tired often then it might be time to reassess your daily and nightly habits. Check out these top sleeping tips for seniors that will help you get a better night’s rest!
Create a Relaxing and Inviting Environment
The first thing you need to do for yourself is to make sure you create a relaxing and inviting environment in your bedroom. There are a few ways you can create the ideal sleeping environment such as ensuring your room is free of clutter. Remove anything that reminds you of stressful responsibilities such as important documents or exercise equipment.
Another way to make your room inviting is to invest in a good mattress, pillows, and sheets that make you want to crawl into bed. Further, reducing your light exposure so your brain doesn’t think it’s daytime is also a good idea. You can do this by investing in blackout curtains, bedside lamps that have a softer light, or even an eye mask. Finally, keep your room as a place for sleep only.