As your loved one ages, they can often start experiencing changes in their sleeping patterns. Having a good night’s sleep is important to help your loved one improve their concentration and memory.
Sleep Health Foundation outlines important tips and underlying issues for your loved one to improve their quality of sleep.
Understanding how sleep changes as your loved one ages
There are many factors to take in to consideration when your loved on is having issues sleeping. One of these can be due to your loved one’s body clock gradually changing and their body producing lower levels of hormones such as melatonin, which is naturally produced at night to promote sleep. Understanding the other changes your loved one may be experiencing is the first step in helping them get a good night’s rest.
Improving sleep habits
There are various tips your loved one to help your loved one improve their sleep. The most important is that your loved one’s sleeping hours are regular. Your loved one should try to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up the same time every morning.
To ensure this, using an alarm clock can help your loved one. It is also important that your loved one is out during the daytime to ensure sunlight to help regulate melatonin to improve their body clock. Regular exercise is also beneficial for you loved one because it helps them feel sleepier at night.
If your loved one takes afternoon naps it may also interfere with their sleeping patterns during the night. It is recommended your loved one should not take a nap longer than 15-20 minutes. Your loved one’s sleep needs and patterns change with age and different circumstances.
If your loved one is experiencing persistent problems with their sleep, it is important your loved one talks to a doctor to ensure what treatment is required.
Sleep is vital for your loved one to ensure good health, as your loved one’s age there are many underlying causes of their sleep problems. By understanding and following these tips, it can help your loved one improve their quality of sleep and wellbeing.
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