No matter what age you are, you should be getting the recommended 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. However, this is not always possible due to hormonal changes or other factors that could be causing sleep problems.
As we age, we become more susceptible to medical conditions that can hinder our sleep, such as insomnia or general poor sleep quality. Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, arthritis or chronic pain are all medical conditions that can hinder your sleep.
Schedule changes, less exercise and stress are other factors that can impact on your sleep.
Go to sleep at the same time each night
To maintain a good sleep routine, you should aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. By doing this your natural circadian rhythm can reset and you are more likely to feel relaxed at night and alert during the day.
Try to calm down
Listening to calming music, reading and meditation are all ways in which you can promote relaxation and have a good night’s sleep.
Stress is one of the biggest factors as to why many adults suffer from insomnia, although stress cannot be stopped completely, you can find ways to deal with it.
Keeping a journal, looking up relaxation techniques and spending time with family and friends are all ways in which you can reduce stress.
It is important for people of all ages to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and Alzheimer’s.
A good night’s sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. So, if you’re not sleeping it is important to try some of the tips listed as it can have an impact on your daily life and health.