Battling Sleep Problems with Elderly People

Posted by Mike McQuinn on October 29, 2013 | no comments

View of a retired senior woman sleeping in bedMany elderly people suffer from sleep disorder. These sleeping problems can come from a variety of disorder including insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Without enough sleep, your body does not have enough time to rebuild and rejuvenate; this could cause many negative effects either physically or mentally. In these cases, you can choose to go towards the medical treatments such as medications, but you can also choose the simpler way. Follow these steps and you will most likely sleep much better.

Pick a good mattress

As you get older, sleeping on a stiff mattress may cause your body to feel pain the next day, especially in your back. If you sleep on a plush and extremely comfortable bed, you will be able to have a deeper slumber more easily. As you would expect, the perfect bed plays a role in getting a good night sleep.

There are some factors that go into choosing the perfect fit for your sleep and your body. You must test the mattress before going any further. Go into the store and lie on the beds for a few minutes and decide if it is right for you. Next, you should check the mattress height and make sure you will be able to get on it with ease. This mattress should give you a good night sleep.

Drink a warm beverage

Warming up your tummy can also help with sleeping patterns. Drinking a cup of warm milk or warm decaffeinated tea can help with this. For a very long time, drinking warm milk has been used as a remedy for sleeping problems due to aging. Warm milk has been said to release tryptophan in your body, which ignites the body to produce melatonin to aid in sleeping. If you do not like milk, try warm tea, as I have stated above. A great thing about assisted living homes is that they will have warm beverages ready for you before you go to sleep.

No caffeine before bed

Contrasting what I said before, there are a few warm beverages that will not help you sleep. A good example of this is coffee. Many elderly love drinking coffee at any time of the day, but this will not help if you take it about right before bedtime. You will most likely be up tossing and turning instead of getting the sleep that is needed. Try to stop drinking caffeinated beverages a few hours before bed, switch to warm decaffeinated beverages, such as chamomile tea. If you are craving the caffeine close to bedtime, try limiting the amount you drink and slowly but surely, you will not feel the urge anymore.

Take a warm bath

Elderly people may not like taking a bath or shower before bed because they are too tired or they believe that it can cause health problems. According to some studies, a warm bath can calm the body down and get you ready to fall asleep. It warms up the body and in turn makes you want to sleep more. It is like wrapping up in a warm blanket and falling asleep.

Warm baths can also relax tired muscles as well, which can also help you sleep. Muscles soreness could be part of the cause of why you are not sleeping well. Pouring a small amount of scented oil, like lavender, into the tub can also help you relax and fall asleep faster.

I hope that these tips will help you fall asleep faster because I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to sleep. These tips have worked well for me in the past and I know it will work for you too.

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