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It is common as we age to notice changes in sleep duration and quality. These changes occur because our bodies are changing. We experience different cycles in a 24-hour period called circadian rhythms. The flow of the rhythm begins to deteriorate with age and influences how we feel. Senior Helpers would like to share a few tips to help you develop better sleep habits for a good nights’ rest.
- Add regular exercise to your day
People who exercise tend to fall asleep more quickly because their bodies are tired. There are many great benefits to exercising and it is one of the best things a person can do for their health.
- Reduce bedroom distractions
Distractions such as cell phones, televisions, and bright lights can keep you up at night. An easy way to reduce distractions is to unplug or put away the disturbances to avoid their temptation.
- Follow a regular sleep schedule
As we get older, developing and sticking to a consistent sleep schedule is important. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. Our bodies function well on a schedule, and we should try to avoid sudden changes to our sleep schedule.
- Have a bedtime routine
A bedtime routine can consist of many things such as having quiet time, taking a bath, or reading. A routine can help quiet the mind and prepare the body for a good night’s rest. See what works best for you.
- Limit food and drink that discourage sleep
Certain substances can make sleep more difficult. Try to limit alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and even large meals late in the day. Give your body plenty of time to process before putting your head on that pillow.