Awareness Health Tips

Sleep Awareness Week Observed in March

March 10 to March 16, 2019 is Sleep Awareness Week. We need between 7-8 hours of sleep every night. 

As people age their sleep patterns may change, but older adults still have the same requirements for sleep as younger people. Older people tend to nap more, get sleepier early in the evening, and wake up earlier in the morning. These habits make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. 

Older adults may also wake up more often to go to the bathroom. They may also have heartburn, arthritis, menopause or cancer which may cause pain or discomfort. Lung disease and heart failure can also make it harder to sleep. Stress can be a factor in getting enough sleep. 

Why we need sleep:

Body and brain need rest

Prepares the body for the next day

The brain has time to sort and store information, replace chemicals, and solve problems

Signs of Insomnia:

Waking up tired

Waking up many times during the night

Waking up early and being unable to get back to sleep

Regularly taking longer than 30-45 minutes to fall asleep

Lack of sleep can cause:

Depressed mood

Attention and memory problems

Excessive daytime sleepiness

More nighttime falls

To use more over the counter or prescription sleep aids

Low energy

Problems thinking and doing things

Delayed response time

Car accidents

Unable to complete normal tasks after 2 days without sleepHallucinations after 5 days without sleep

Tips for a good nights sleep:

1. Establish a ritual for bedtime: for example, brushing teeth, wash face

2. Set a schedule: go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every am, even on weekends.

3. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.

4. Avoid eating or drinking alcohol or caffeine right before going to bed.

5. Exercise: try to get 20-30 min/day at least 5-6 hours before bedtime.

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