Keep it Quiet! I am Trying to Sleep!
Americans are losing quality sleep more and more each day. With the rise of technology and bustling cities, rest has lost priority in everyone’s busy schedules. Yet everyone needs quality sleep regardless of their age to have stable physical and emotional health. Adults who lack a good night’s rest are more likely to suffer from memory problems and depression. Our seniors need to develop excellent sleep hygiene to improve their concentration and repair their bodies.
Here are some tips on creating quality sleep in a nursing home:
- Create a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time every day.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
- Avoid naps.
- Move around and lightly exercise daily.
- Set up your room for optimal rest.
- Keep your room light free at night.
- Use earplugs or white noise machines to cancel out noises.
- Spend the hour before bedtime reading or doing something calming (stay away from electronics).
By prioritizing sleep, we can live happier and healthier lives. Most healthy adults need between eight and nine hours of sleep, but the amount of sleep you specifically need can vary. Do what feels right to you, sleep ten hours if you need to! Just make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed.
OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.