A good night’s sleep
If we are to stay healthy as we age, the first thing we have to realize is it all starts with getting a good night’s sleep. To stay healthy while we age, having a good night’s sleep is definitely at the forefront. Or it should be.
As we grow older, we need to stay active to keep our bodies and system in shape. The older a person gets the less our bodies want to function so keeping it in shape is very important for all of us, even the younger people.
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The need to feel rested
Sleeping is very important to all of us as we are aging. Aging brings on a different sleep pattern and we need to learn how to control it so when it is time to sleep we sleep well. It is normal as we age that it becomes harder to get a good night’s sleep and feel rested when we wake up. Sleeping is as important as our diet and activities.
Women vs men
Did you know that it is hard for women to sleep more so than men in their aging years? Women have more tendencies to feel stressed out more and they sometimes are just too busy to get themselves into an exercising routine.
If you don’t get enough sleep at night, it will reduce your alertness during the day because you’re tired. Long periods of sleepless nights can cause high blood pressure and isn’t good for the heart either.
Restful REM Sleep
There are many reasons why some people can’t achieve a restful night’s sleep. There will be times where we might sleep but it is light sleep. We need to have a deep restful REM sleep.
You may awaken during the night from pain perhaps caused by arthritis. Or sometimes you may experience heartburn, which causes you to get less sleep. Snoring or feeling depressed sometimes can also cause you to lose sleep.
You may have a stressful day followed by a lack of sleep. Muscle spasms can also cause a person to lose sleep.
How you can reduce the problems that cause you to lose sleep:
* Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can cause us to lose sleep. Try not to drink liquids before going to bed, and stop smoking. Smoking is not only harmful to your body but it can cause you to lose sleep.
* Excessive noise in the house, the TV or radio in the bedroom, and snoring are some more reasons that can keep us from sleeping. Don’t try to go to bed and watch TV or listen to the radio; this will only keep you awake longer.
* Learn to enjoy exercises to reduce muscle spasms and/or arthritic symptoms.
* You might want to reduce eating unhealthy foods that cause heartburn. Or drinking caffeine-based substances before you go to bed. This will improve your sleeping pattern.
* Do you have a pet that sleeps with you? Even though you think they are giving you comfort it could cause you to lose that precious sleep you need. You may not realize it but every time your pet moves, maybe snore; you can hear this while sleeping.
Maybe you might have to get your pet a bed and let him sleep on the floor next to you. If you have allergies, your pet may be the cause, which can make you lose sleep as well.
* Napping is not good if you take one during the day for more than 25 minutes. I realize that maybe your not getting enough sleep during the night and you get tired in the afternoon. However, when you lie down during the day and sleep for a long time when it is time to go to bed, you’ve had just enough sleep that you’re not as tired.
Before you lie down to rest, you should also consider drinking a warm glass of milk. Studies have shown that warm milk helps a person to relax.
I will be back with more articles on the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. So watch out for those . . . coming soon.