Many people note changes in their sleep patterns as they age.
You may notice that as you get up there in years, you tire more quickly, sleep lighter, need naps during the day, or that you have trouble falling asleep at nighttime.
Over time, unhealthy sleep patterns can contribute to a decline in your cognitive functions.
If you find that you are having difficulty sleeping and do not wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, here are some tips to help you establish healthier sleep habits.
1. Establish a bedtime
Try to go to bed at the same time each evening, give or take 30 minutes. Staying consistent will help the body establish a routine.
2. Establish a morning routine
Try to rise and shine in the morning at the same time each day, give or take 30 minutes.
3. Turn off the TV
Studies show that sleeping with the television on causes people to have trouble falling asleep and maintaining restful sleep all night long, resulting in fewer hours of overall sleep.
4. Stay Active
Health experts say that you sleep better at night when you get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
5. Check your medications
Many medications have side effects, and some can affect your sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, go over a list of your medications with your doctor and see if they may be causing you difficulty sleeping.
If you are having difficulty enjoying a restful night’s sleep, there are simple adjustments you can make that will help you feel more refreshed in the morning.
It can be as easy as having a more consistent daily routine and making sure to walk more during the day. Try it out and see how you feel tomorrow!
We specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you and your family.