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How to Sleep Better at Night: Seniors with Insomnia

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Healthy older adults get a good night’s sleep, every night. In fact, regular sleep is vital for longevity and sustaining the resilience needed for long-term wellness. Unfortunately, a large number of seniors suffer from unsatisfying sleep, and it’s particularly common for older adults to have problems getting consistent, high-quality rest versus problems falling asleep to begin with.

If your aging parent or loved one has trouble sleeping, Fairfield Home Care Assistance offers some tips for beating senior insomnia. They work best when incorporated into a regular daily routine and can not only help a senior fall asleep, but stay asleep throughout the night.

  1. Exercise During the Day – Getting physical exercise during the day, even light walking in the park or around the neighborhood, can do wonders for sleep regularity. Just make sure your loved one doesn’t work out right before going to bed – that can wake them up and make it even more difficult to sleep.
  1. Skip the Afternoon Nap – It can be irresistible to slip into a cat nap in the middle of the afternoon. Although it can take some getting used to, seniors who hold out and skip the midday nap may have an easier time staying asleep later that night.
  1. Use the Bed As a Bed – That is to say, don’t use the bed for watching television, eating dinner, or any other stimulating activities. Only use the bed for sleep, experts say, to break any association inadvertently formed between wakefulness and the place of rest.
  1. Limit Alcoholic Drinks – Many people believe alcohol helps them sleep, but this is a myth. Alcohol toxicity may make you feel sleepy initially, but it’s notorious for ruining the quality and duration of sleep as the night wears on. Avoid heavy drinking before bedtime.

Remember, there are many different causes of insomnia. Some are physical, some psychological, and others are a mix of both. Chronic insomnia may be a pharmacological side effect, a symptom of an underlying disease, or part of a psychiatric condition. In such cases, it is difficult to treat the insomnia without first treating the underlying issue. When this is the case, it is important that you have your loved one visit their primary care physician or doctor.

Interested in learning more about senior health and wellness? Contact Home Care Assistance of Fairfield today. We are a leading provider of in-home senior care, offering hourly and live-in care in Fairfield with no long-term contracts or commitments. Give us a call at 203-955-1915 – we’re available 24/7 to answer your questions.