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Boca Raton Assisted Living | The Importance of Proper Sleep among the elderly

Every senior ideally should try their best to get adequate and sound sleep as proper sleep keeps one’s mind sharp, maintains healthy energy levels, and helps you live life to the best. Moreover, it can lower the risk of age-related cognitive decline that is common among the elderly. Here in Courtyard Garden, we believe that everybody, most especially seniors, deserves to have a good night’s rest. That is one thing we best provide here at Boca Raton through Assisted Living. That’s not to suggest however that you can’t take steps towards proper sleep by yourself. By making a few simple changes to your sleeping habits regularly, you can still improve the quality of your sleep.

Maintain a regular bed and wake schedule.

Your body has a biological mechanism that regulates sleep-wake cycles. This is the reason why it tends to stick to a pattern. If you’re able to sleep and wake at the same time consistently daily, your body as a consequence will get used to it subsequently avoiding incidents where you are kept up all night. In contrast, if you sleep at inconsistent times, your body clock will not be able to stay on schedule or even worse, have no schedule at all. As to how many hours of sleep you should get, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that seniors should get 7-9 hours.

Sleep on a comfortable mattress. 

Ensuring that the mattress you currently own is right for your back and posture is essential to a comfortable sleep. You shouldn’t sleep on a mattress that is too soft or too firm. If you cannot sleep well on the mattress that you now have, consider trading it off with another that provides sufficient over-all comfort and support to your body. Don’t forget to ask professional bed agents for advice when you do decide to get a new mattress. Also, pleasant and cozy pillows and bedsheets are indispensable in the pursuit of a good night’s sleep.

Always sleep in the dark

Darkness is critical to good sleep. The absence of light sends a critical signal to the body that it is time to rest. Exposure to light in inappropriate instances alters the body’s internal clock in ways that are detrimental to the quantity and quality of sleep you’re getting. Melatonin or the “sleep hormone” gives the brain a cue that it’s time to sleep. It is naturally released by your brain’s pineal gland when you’re in darkness. This hormone helps initiate your body’s physiological preparations for sleep. Preparations such as muscle relaxation, the emergence of drowsiness and dropping the body temperature.

Sleep is important here in Boca Raton Assisted Living

Sleep better today, so you can start aging in place better, every day. You can do that and more here at Boca Raton Assisted Living in Courtyard Gardens where we aspire to give our residents the sleep that is due to them. Give us a call at (561)336-4958 or you can come and see for yourself at 3005 S Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, Fl. 33426.

 

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