At this time, you may be having more trouble than usual getting a solid eight hours of sleep. You find that you can’t stop your thoughts from racing through your head when you lie down. You toss and turn all night, and you wake up feeling groggy and irritable.
Why Is Sleep So Important?
You’ve felt the effects of a rough night of sleep the next day. Your energy is sapped. You’re on edge and find that the smallest things get on your nerves. Those are just the side-effects of a single night of sleep deprivation. There are long-term side-effects when you lose sleep more often.
Some of the long-term side-effects of sleep deprivation are poor balance, weakened immunity, and an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, coronary disease, and Type 2 Diabetes. It takes a toll on your mental health, too. Sleep deprivation can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
On the other hand, a consistent sleep schedule will provide all of these health benefits and more:
- Elevated mood
- Better memory
- Improved brain function
- Steady blood sugar
- Increased energy
- Decreased inflammation
- Lowered stress
How Can You Get Better Sleep?
If you’re tired of not getting enough sleep, start by turning your bedroom into the perfect sleeping spot. Make sure that your bed has comfortable pillows, soft sheets, and blankets. Block out any distracting lights and turn off the television. Keep the indoor temperature nice and cool. These are all factors that will make it easier to doze off.
If you think that stress is blocking you from getting your rest, here are three ideas that will help you relax:
One type of sensory therapy that you can find at our senior living community centres is a “sensory room.” A sensory room is designed to stimulate the senses and calm you down. It’s especially effective for people living with dementia. Click to see the 50s diner sensory room at our College Park Retirement Home in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Meditating is also an effective way that you can slow down those anxious thoughts and relax. Do a ten- or fifteen-minute session before you crawl into bed. You can always use a meditation app for guidance.
Listening to music can slow down your breathing, ease your stressful thoughts, and even bring up wonderful memories. So, an hour before you start your bedtime routine, put on some headphones, and listen to some soothing songs.
For other senior health and wellness tips that will come in handy during a stressful time, click on the link.
If you’re interested in learning more about our various communities across Canada, explore our website. You will find answers to important questions like what are assisted living costs and what’s the best care option for someone with dementia. Click here to learn more about our Calgary nursing homes, senior housing in Regina, and seniors housing in Saskatoon.
If you’re waking up and feeling like you’re not rested enough, you need to change your bedtime routine. Something as simple as listening to music or meditating could help you sleep deeply every night.