As we get older it can become more challenging to get a healthy night’s sleep. Often our elderly have to resort to Melatonin pills or even sedatives to help them sleep through the night. A National Poll on Healthy Aging shows that 37% of our elderly take sleep aids regularly to sleep and 27% rely on prescription medication to sleep. Unfortunately, sleep medication can have negative side effects for our elderly, including memory issues. These drugs also don’t provide long-term solutions to problems sleeping.
It’s important we understand why it becomes more challenging to get a good night’s sleep so that we can combat it and help our elderly sleep healthier.
Some things that can increase insomnia in the elderly are:
These things and other issues like them can affect the amount of sleep elders get so they no longer achieve the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. If they are still feeling well-rested and energetic they may not need that exact amount of sleep, but aiming for that ideal is a good place to start. We also understand that wanting to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier are usually signs of aging and not a sign of a sleep problem! Daytime fatigue and light sleeping are also normal as we age. However, a lot of these bad sleep habits can be combated by a couple of lifestyle changes.
We recommend trying a couple of the following:
These are only a couple of the options available to the elderly who are struggling with getting healthy sleep. While we recognize that each person has different needs and different problems that may be affecting their sleep, we hope that these recommendations are helpful in solving your loved one’s sleeping struggles. We at The Wildflower are always ready to assist with these things to help our residents sleep through the night and feel better in the morning. We strive to help keep our staff healthy and comfortable and invite you to come in and Experience the Difference!