As we age, we tend to sleep less. Some believe it’s due to a lack of tiring, daytime activity. Others say it just goes with the territory like wrinkles and weight gain. What do medical professionals say sleeplessness?
According to The National Sleep Foundation, we change biological rhythms. We get sleepy earlier. Thus, if we fell asleep in front of the TV at 8:30, then went to bed and rose at 4:00, that doesn’t reflect a loss of sleep but sleeping differently.
Reasons for true loss of sleep include medical conditions, medications, and emotional problems. Snoring is the number one culprit. It’s related to weight gain and weight gain with the aging process.
Restless legs, acid reflux, diabetes and respiratory disorders also increase with age and interfere with sleep. During menopause, night sweats, changes in breathing patterns and hormonal drops can keep a woman up at night.
The aches and pains of aging can also contribute to insomnia as can frequent nighttime urination.
Lack of exercise, consumption of alcohol too close to bedtime and poor sleep hygiene can also disrupt a good night’s sleep.
What is poor sleep hygiene?
Sleep without a routine or proper atmosphere. If we have no bedtime, use our bedrooms as home offices and invite our laptops and smartphones into the room, we’re setting the stage for sleeplessness.
What’s good for the grandbaby is good for grandma and grandpa
When our grandkids sleep over, we know when they’ll be tucked in. We’ll help them brush their teeth, get into their jammies and tell them a story.
We may pray with them beside the bed and then up they go. We make sure they have their favorite stuffed animal or blankie, give them a kiss on the head, tell them we love them and turn out the light.
That routine not only helps our grandchildren sleep, it helps us too.
Research shows we sleep best in a quiet, dark and cool bedroom, after completing a nighttime ritual. Scattered bedtimes and habits will result in just as scattered sleep patterns.
Do you have a sleep routine? If not, think of the comfy way you tend your grands before bedtime. What’s says, “Time for bed” to you?