How Much Sleep Does Your Senior Loved One Need in Edmonton?

With age come many changes in the way our bodies function. While it may not be expected, sleep is one part of life that can also change in senior years. Almost half of all adults 65 and older have a hard time falling asleep and getting a good night’s rest. For many seniors, getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night is almost impossible. The reasons for insomnia and poor sleep quality in seniors may include:

  • Fewer chemicals and chromones that are responsible for sleep quality
  • Sensitivity to various environmental factors like noise, light, and temperature
  • Chronic conditions like Parkinson’s or stroke
  • Chronic pain

It is also important to keep in mind that some seniors go to bed early in the evening and then wake up in the middle of the night. Some older adults take naps during the day and cannot fall asleep at night as a result.

Not being able to sleep throughout the night does not just affect mood but can result in memory problems and increase the risk of falling. It can also lead to the development of illness and infections as well as headaches and overall weakness and fatigue.

If your loved one cannot fall asleep or has other sleep issues, they should talk with their medical team. However, there are some things they can do on their own to boost their sleep quality, including:

  • Developing and sticking to a sleep schedule (going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning)
  • Following a healthy diet and avoiding foods that are too spicy or high in sugar. Alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided.
  • Understanding what daily routines affect sleep quality (some people find it easier to fall asleep at night if they exercise during the day or do not take naps)

Comfort Keepers Can Help Improve Your Loved One’s Sleep Quality

At Comfort Keepers, we can help your loved one build a healthy daily routine that can lead to better sleep. Our professional caregivers can help with scheduling daily activities, encourage more physical and mental activity, assist with meal preparation and planning, provide transportation to appointments, and much more. We can make sure that your parent or relative lead a happy, active, and healthy lifestyle and improve their sleep and thus their mood and overall life quality. Give us a call today to learn more about us and get started with our expert home care services.

 

 

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