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Are you getting the best sleep as you age?

Are you getting the best sleep as you age?

Are you and your elderly loved ones getting the best sleep? Addressing sleep issues is crucial to staying healthy while ageing. Furthermore, getting the right amount of sleep is necessary to help you stay sharp and feel energised all day.

Here, at Camberwell Gardens, our trained staff pay attention to this important aspect of our residents’ lives. Which is why we ask them if they slept well. And if they say they didn’t, we make sure we address the problem. So, we have some helpful tips we would like to pass on to you.

Improving the quality of your sleep

Firstly, avoid watching television or using Computer screens before bedtime. Electronics emit a type of light called bluelight. Further, bluelight affects your brain’s levels of a hormone called melatonin. Additionally, your brain needs the correct amount of melatonin to maintain its circadian rhythm. If this is interrupted it may mean you wake up tired. Moreover, this may cause you to struggle falling asleep or sleep through the night.

Two viable options will produce better sleep. They are reading and listening to music. Furthermore, both those activities are proven to soothe and calm you down.

The importance of your sleep environment

If you have been struggling with insomnia, your sleeping environment could be a major factor. For instance, are you a person who likes a completely blacked out room? If that is so, then light will keep you awake. Thicker curtains will help greatly. As will shutting all doors. Remember, if you like your windows slightly ajar, make sure the outside environment is not a noisy one.

Lavender is known to reduce stress and provide restful sleep.  An essential lavender oil diffuser may help by spreading it’s calming scent around your room. Further, pay attention to the nights when you sleep well and others when you do not. You will soon pick up on what made the difference. Also, t might be what you ate at dinner time. Some people don’t sleep well due to indigestion.

Stress before bedtime is especially bad for the elderly

It’s a good idea never to discuss important or upsetting matters in the evening. Therefore, keep family or business conversations for earlier on in the day. Moreover, pleasant conversations, music and laughter are more likely to promote a happy, restful night. Similarly, if you are caring for an elderly loved one, make sure the children are not too rowdy in the evening. Also, make sure they put their toys away and do a tidy up so as not to cause any nasty falls during the night.

Routine is helpful against insomnia

Sleep is regulated by the sleep cycle. Going to bed at approximately the same time every night and waking up at approximately the same time every morning promotes good sleep. Once in awhile it’s okay for the elderly to stay up late. However, a regular sleep routine is very beneficial. The body likes its rhythm and it functions best this way.

Finally, two more things need checking if you are having difficulty sleeping. They are to do with medication and exercise. A visit to your GP will confirm if everything is on track concerning medication. The exercise part is up to you. If you are going to bed and your body is not tired you may struggle to sleep. A nice walk after dinner is the best for elderly people. This will get your blood flowing, relax your muscles and help with digestion. The fresh air will also be extremely beneficial.

We do hope you have found this blog helpful and informative. Remember to give us your feedback. We really look forward to reading your comments. Thank you for liking us on Facebook too. So, until next time, dear reader, from all of us here at Gold Age Australia, we wish you and your family good sleep, good health and happiness. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need our help, we are always happy to assist you. Bye for now,

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This blog is intended to provide helpful advice. Please speak with your family GP for personalised information or, for specialist advice & support in Melbourne Australia, contact GOLD AGE AUSTRALIA on enquiries@goldage.com.au / 1800 GOLDAGE (1800 465 324) / Overseas Callers call +61 (03) 9836 9507

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