Ways to Practice Better Sleep Habits

Did you know the average individual will spend almost one-third of their life sleeping? Many of us, young and old, however, battle with sleep from time to time. As you age, a restful sleep can often become more challenging to achieve. Yet, a good night’s rest is highly beneficial to your health. Have you considered all that you can gain from changing your bedtime routine and practicing better sleep habits? Why suffer from insomnia and allow other health issues to manifest? Instead, you can help your body rejuvenate and recuperate by getting a restful sleep each night.

The team at Wesley Enhanced Living provides all you need to be able to lay your head down on your pillow at night with peace and contentment. Feel safe and secure while enjoying nutritious meals, physical activity, and social engagement in your new continuing care retirement community. 

Benefits of Getting a Good Night’s Rest

Here’s why it would help if you regularly got good sleep:

  1. Clearer Thinking: Keep your brain healthier and memory sharper by getting plenty of sleep. Being sleep deprived hurts your attention span and short-term memory. You may make more flawed decisions. Additionally, a lack of sleep can contribute to cognitive decline and increase your risk of experiencing significant memory loss or even developing dementia.
  2. Lowers Your Risk of Diseases: You place added stress on your body when you do not get the sleep you really need. This stress can increase high blood pressure, cause cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, inflammation, and a weakened immune system.
  3. Reduce the Risk of Falling: Your responses to a stimulus can be slowed by lack of sleep. You may also experience problems concentrating, and struggle with excessive sleepiness. All of these can contribute to falling.

Tips for Ensuring Quality Sleep 

Give your mind and body the best when you use these suggestions to build a nighttime haven: 

  • Start with Your Bedroom: You can make some changes in your bedroom to enhance your ability to sleep. First, avoid watching television or looking at an electronic device with back lighting. Try to shut these items off about an hour before you lay down to rest. You will want to make your room quiet, dark, and cool. You can turn the thermostat down a little and add light-reducing curtains to the windows.
  • Create a Regular Bedtime Routine: Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day will help keep your body in balance. Take a calming bath, play music, or practice deep breathing to help you wind down before getting to bed. 
  • Develop Good Napping Habits: Sometimes, you need a little extra boost from a nap. If an afternoon siesta is necessary, try to keep them to less than an hour, rest early in the afternoon, and limit the light and noise.
  • Adjust Your Eating Habits: Some items to keep in mind include avoiding caffeine late in the day, limit or avoid alcohol before bedtime, and have a little snack but cut down on sugary or spicy foods. 

Sleep Better in a Wesley Enhanced Living Community

Rest easier when you move to a Wesley Enhanced Living community. We work hard to ensure you have access to better sleep, balanced nutrition, and engaging social activities. We believe your best years yet are possible when you choose one of our living options, such as independent living, personal care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Join us today!

Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones.  Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own and inform you of our range of services. Virtual tours are now available. Call us today for more information.

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