Getting a good night of sleep is important for everyone, but as we age, it’s good to assess if there are any areas for improvement. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can lead to a list of issues, including the condition of your health, cognitive decline, and a decrease in quality of life.

Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to start when looking for ways to improve your overall health. It is suggested that seniors need eight to nine hours of sleep per day. A rested body makes all the difference. Not only will you feel more refreshed, but you’ll be also making a smart choice for your future health.

Benefits of Sleep

Most likely, you’ve encountered that experience when you didn’t get enough sleep — lack of focus, short-tempered, exhausted, and more. Getting enough sleep has so many benefits:

  • Improves mood
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Improves memory and concentration
  • Boosts immune system
  • Lowers risk of developing chronic diseases
  • Increases productivity

Tips for Getting Enough Rest

As we age, our sleep patterns change. Sleep can become less overall, with it being lighter and more fragmented. These changes can reflect our circadian rhythms (internal clocks), a medication side effect, underlying health conditions, or more. Here’s a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting enough sleep:

  • Establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bed.
  • Get up and move around during the day — exercise can improve your sleep.
  • Avoid using electronic devices in the bedroom, such as TVs, smartphones, computers, etc.

Next Steps

Getting enough shut eye offers tremendous benefits for your physical and mental health. At Baptist Retirement Homes, we provide a reputable wellness program to help our residents achieve and maintain a quality of life that matters, including the essentials of good sleep.

If you’re considering a retirement move, we invite you to connect with us to learn more about our four flourishing communities located throughout North Carolina — two Life Plan Communities offering the full continuum of care, one assisted living and skilled nursing community, and a free-standing assisted living community.

This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If you have any concerns about your sleep or health, please reach out to your healthcare provider.