One concern of many aging adults is difficulty sleeping. Although our bodies require less sleep as we age and people think of troubles sleeping as a part of growing older, it’s necessarily not. Some very severe sleeping problems or insomnia in the elderly are caused by poor sleeping habits, side effects of medications or medical conditions.
It is extremely important for Elderly adults to get a good night’s sleep; lack of sleep can suppress cell repair and the immune system, the ability to concentrate and one’s memory. So, what are some tips to a better night’s sleep?
1. Keep the room dark
2. Limit intake of all fluids just before going to bed to avoid frequent urination
3. Limit caffeine intake
4. Do not drink alcohol prior to going to sleep
5. Avoid spicy foods prior to going to sleep
6. Don’t go to sleep hungry
7. Avoid taking too many naps during the day
These tips may not work for everyone and some elderly adults may need to take an over the counter or prescribed sleeping medication to aide in their sleep. If you or your elderly loved one believes insomnia may be the reason for lack of sleep, it could be beneficial to consult a doctor.