Stay healthy longer with regular restful sleep

by John Vine
by John Vine

Healthy Aging needs a good night’s sleep – every night!

As we grow older, we need to stay active to keep our bodies and system in shape. The older a person gets the less our bodies seem to want to function, so keeping it in shape is very important for all of us.

Sleeping well is very important to all of us as we are aging. Aging brings on a different sleep patterns and we need to learn how to control it, so when it is time to sleep we sleep well. It is normal as we age that it becomes harder to get a good night’s sleep and feel rested when we wake up. Sleeping is every bit as important as our diet and exercise activities.

Did you know that it can be more difficult for woman to sleep, more so than men in their aging years?In general, women have more tendencies to feel stressed out and they sometimes are just too busy to get themselves into an effective exercise routine.

If you do not get enough sleep at night, it will reduce your alertness during the day, because you are tired. Long periods of sleepless nights can cause high blood pressure and is not good for the heart either.

There are many reasons why some people can’t achieve a restful night’s sleep. Sometimes you might sleep, but it is only a light sleep and we do need to have some deep restful sleep. Sometimes you may awaken during the night from pain, perhaps caused by arthritis. Sometimes you may experience heartburn, which causes you to get less sleep.

Snoring or feeling depressed sometimes can also cause you to lose sleep. You may have a stressful day followed by the lack of sleep. Muscles spasms can also cause a person to lose sleep.

Some ways to reduce the problems that cause you to lose sleep.

Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can cause us to lose sleep. Try drinking less in the couple of hours before bed, and stop smoking. Smoking not only harmful to sleep-wordcloudyour body but it can cause you to lose sleep.

Excessive noise in the house, the TV or radio in the bedroom are some more reasons that can keep us from sleeping properly. Don’t try to go to bed and watch TV or listen to the radio – this could well keep you awake longer.

You can learn to enjoy exercises to reduce muscles spasms and/or arthritic symptoms. You should also reduce eating unhealthy foods that cause heartburn, or drinking caffeine-based substances before you go to bed, to improve your sleeping pattern.

Do you have a pet that sleeps with you? Even though you think they are giving you comfort, it could cause you to lose that precious sleep you need. You may not realize it but every time your pet moves,maybe snores, you can hear this while sleeping. Maybe you might have to get your pet a bed and let him sleep on the floor next to you. If you have allergies, your pet may be the cause, which can make you lose sleep as well.

Napping during the day can be a good idea, but too long a sleep can disrupt your pattern and make it more difficult to get to sleep at bed time. Before you lie down to rest, you could also consider drinking a small warm glass of milk. Studies have shown that warm milk can help a person to relax.

Whatever it takes, make sure you get the best sleep you can – the effort will really pay off.