As well as the physical changes that happen when we get older, our sleeping patterns change too. It not only becomes harder to fall asleep but also to stay asleep in comparison to when we were younger. Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for older adults. Not only does it improve your concentration and memory, it lets your body recover cell damage from the day as well as helping to prevent disease. This guide will provide you with some useful tips for improving sleep for older adults, so you can finally have a good nights sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
How Much Sleep Do I Actually Need?
The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person, however experts typically recommend getting approximately 7-9 hours sleep per night.
If you sleep less now than when you were younger but still feel rested in the morning it may be that you just require less sleep than you used to. If you wake up feeling tired though, here are some ways to improve your sleep:
Top tips: Sleep for Older Adults
Improve Your Sleep Habits
Stick to a regular routine (even at weekends) – By waking up at the same time each day your body will get used to the routine, making you feel less tired when you wake up in the morning.
Get a Comfy Mattress
The bed you sleep on could be affecting your quality of sleep. If your mattress is 7 years or older, a new one could be exactly what you need.
Taking a bath before you go to bed helps you relax so you are ready for sleep. Getting out of the bath also causes your body temperature to drop which makes you feel tired.
Watch What You Eat & Drink
Don’t drink too much at night time as trips to the bathroom will disturb your sleep. Caffeine is a big no as acts as a stimulant keeping you awake. Alcohol should be avoided close to bed time too as it makes it harder for you to stay asleep.
No More Naps
As tempting as it is to have a quick shut eye during the day or in the early evening, you’re more likely to stay up at night when you need to sleep.
Exercise, even in the most moderate form can help to tire you out so you sleep better at night. Try going for a little walk, the sunlight will help your body know when its time to be awake or asleep too.
Causes of Problems With Sleep for Older Adults
If you have followed the above steps and are still having trouble getting to sleep at night, it could be due to something else such as:
- Illness: It could be that a medical condition such as arthritis, a bad back or sleep apnea is causing you trouble with sleeping.
- Retirement: When you retire you have a lot more time on your hands and can be less active than you were in the day time. Try to keep yourself active and busy by doing things like volunteering, going to the gym or seeing friends and family.
- Medication: Some medications can cause problems with sleeping at night. Speak to your doctor and see if they could help.
- Stress: As you get older, you are more likely to experience stressful events such as illness, money problems or the death of a loved one which can cause stress and problems with sleeping.
How An Adjustable Bed Could Help With Sleep for Older Adults
The ability to adapt your mattress position to support you in all the right places gives an incredible boost to your wellbeing and quality of sleep.
A Willowbrook adjustable bed allows you to choose a sleeping position that provides the correct support for your body and spine, so you can feel comfortable for longer and get to sleep faster.
To see the sleeping positions of a Willowbrook adjustable bed in action, take a look at our demonstration video by clicking here.
Improve Your Sleep Today
Have you had enough of suffering from poor sleep? Would you like to finally do something about it?
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, a Willowbrook Adjustable bed is the perfect solution.
If you’d like to see how an adjustable bed could help your sleep, call us today on 0800 854 330 or click here to request your free colour brochure.