In March the nation is focuses on promoting healthy sleep habits for seniors and people of all ages so Accredited Home Care wants to offer you information about how our home care services can help.
Why Healthy Sleep Habits for Seniors is So Important
Accredited Home Care offers a variety of in home care services that can help you make changes in your life to increase your ability to be better rested. Sleep is an important part of our life; with our bodies doing amazing things as we rest!
Here are just a handful of reasons why sleep is so important:
- Mental Health – Sleep can affect our mental and emotional health greatly. When we aren’t getting good, solid sleep each night we can become less attentive, have problems with memory and cognizance, and can become depressed or irritable.
- Heart Health – Our body actually repairs and heals our blood vessels and heart as we sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deficiency is associated with heart disease and increased risk of other diseases.
- Insulin Levels – Type 2 diabetes is often an increased risk of aging. Sleep affects how your body creates and reacts to insulin; while continuous sleep deficiency increases your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Alzheimer’s Disease – As we age clusters of neurons die off in our brains and studies have shown that these clusters die off quicker in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the dying off of these clusters may also promote symptoms of Alzheimer’s to be more prominent.
As you can see by this short list of how sleep helps create a healthier body, it also can be an important part to certain things associated with getting older. Cognizance, memory loss, irritability, and even signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s can be affected by poor sleep habits.
How Home Care Can Help Promote Healthy Sleep Habits for Seniors
So how can home care help promote healthier sleep habits? If you could feel better, think better and have an overall better quality of life simply by making one small change would you make that change? If your answer was yes, then let us explain how contacting us about the services we offer can help you or a senior loved one reap the benefits of healthy sleep habits.
- Meal Preparation – Your diet can be one of many reasons for keeping you awake at night or helping you sleep better. Our caregivers offer meal preparation that can incorporate the right foods to help you maintain a healthy weight, eat right for special diet needs, or simply eat the foods that can help you get well rested.
- Social Activities – Your caregiver can help you be socially active both inside your home and out. Having a caregiver safely transport and escort you to community events and activities and social events can stimulate both mind and body; keeping you active and stimulated enough to increase your need for sleep at night.
- Medical Care – Home care can provide daily reminders about medication, reminding you to check insulin levels for those who are diabetic, getting you to doctor’s appointments, and taking you for physical therapy appointments (not to mention being there to support you doing any at home routines your therapist has you doing). This can have positive effects on your overall health, which can help you sleep better.
- Creating a Daily Routine – Maintaining a regular routine helps your body get accustomed to doing certain things at certain times. Having a caregiver will help you or your loved one get into a routine that will most likely promote a bedtime routine that is on schedule. Having a steady bedtime routine is an important part of creating healthy sleep habits for seniors or anyone.
Summary of Healthy Sleep Habits for Seniors
- How Much Sleep – Studies show that while children and teens require more sleep; adults and seniors require 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Napping and binge sleeping cannot make up the need for a solid 7-8 hours of good quality sleep.
- Get Moving – Simply moving and exercising, even low impact chair exercises, can help to create the need for resting at the end of the day. Exercise or being more active is one of the best ways to create healthy sleep habits for seniors.
- Healthy Diet – Certain foods are associated with encouraging better sleep; eating too close to bedtime can create acid reflux or other stomach issues; eating healthier options can help you maintain a healthier weight which will promote better sleep; and some foods are associated with impairing sleep.
- Mind & Body Stimulation – Keeping both the mind and the body stimulated will help your body feel the need to rest. Caregivers can provide safe opportunities to keep your mind and body active.
Contact us today to help you age in place. Feel free to share the information we’ve provided to help promote healthy sleep habits for seniors and your entire family.
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