As we age, sleep becomes increasingly important for maintaining our overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, seniors often experience difficulties with sleep. They include insomnia and sleep apnea among other sleep disorders. Despite these challenges, it is crucial for seniors to prioritize their sleep in order to maintain their health and well-being.
Good sleep gives you the ability to maintain a healthy immune system.
During sleep, our bodies produce immune cells and proteins. They help to fight off infections and diseases. Seniors who do not get enough sleep are more susceptible to colds, flu and other illnesses. As well, poor sleep can increase the risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
“When we sleep, our bodies produce a protein called cytokines, which target infection and inflammation, creating an immune response,” informs UCHealth.com, “Our bodies also produce T-cells during sleep, which are white blood cells that play a critical role in our body’s immune response to an infectious disease such as COVID-19.”
Good sleep is essential for maintaining cognitive function.
When we sleep, our brains process and consolidate information from the day. This helps us to remember, learn and make decisions. Seniors who do not get enough sleep are at a higher risk for cognitive decline, including memory loss, confusion, and even dementia.
“Without sleep, the brain struggles to function properly,” explains Eric Suni of the Sleep Foundation, “Because they don’t have time to recuperate, neurons become overworked and less capable of optimal performance in numerous types of thinking…Over the long-term…poor sleep may put someone at a higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia.”
Good sleep is important for emotional well-being.
Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress, anxiety and depression. These emotional issues can also lead to isolation, decreased social engagement and overall poor quality of life. Despite the importance of sleep, many seniors experience difficulties with sleep. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder among seniors, characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
What steps can seniors take to improve their sleep?
One of the most important is to establish a consistent sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can help to regulate the body’s internal clock. This makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. In addition, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading or listening to soothing music, can help to prepare the body and mind for sleep.
It is also important to create a comfortable sleep environment. This includes keeping the bedroom dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature. Using comfortable bedding and pillows can also help to improve sleep.
Invest in support beds and support pillows.
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