Seniors and Sleep Deprivation

Seniors and sleep: Why seniors are often sleep deprived.

Would you say you sleep well at night?  Have you considered how much sleep seniors need or reasons why they don’t sleep very well?  A good night’s sleep affects so many aspects of your life- certainly your energy level and other things like your mental outlook.  If you feel rested, you are more likely to be in a good mood.  I have two bulging disks in my lower back and haven’t slept well for about 10 years…. even with anti-inflammatory medication and trying different mattresses.  I am able to relate to those who struggle to have a good night’s sleep.

This article from Web MD lists multiple reasons that may affect a senior’s sleep- such as an irregular heart beat, pain from arthritis or the frequent need to use the restroom.  The article lists three ways to improve your sleep 1) wake up at the same time each day, eat at regular times, and exercise, 2) get a daily dose of sun and spend time outside- regulating your body clock, and 3) see your doctor for a review of any health issues and side possible effects from medication.

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