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Quality Sleep for Seniors

Discover quality sleeping tips for seniors.

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#1 Avoid Long Naps

The National Institute on Aging recommends avoiding long naps (over 30 minutes ) in the afternoon or evening. Napping can make it hard for seniors to fall asleep at night.

#2 Regular Bedtime

Having a regular sleep schedule can help improve your sleep quality. A good tip for better sleep is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

#3 Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol in the Evening

Caffeine can keep you up at night. So, avoid caffeinated drinks in the evenings. Furthermore, alcohol can also affect your sleep quality. Experts recommend you avoid alcohol for at least three hours before bedtime.

#4 Don't Exercise Before Bedtime

Regular exercise during the daytime is healthy. However, for a good night’s sleep, the National Institute on Aging recommends not exercising 3 hours before your bedtime.

#5 Keep It Cool and Dark

Seniors, you can improve sleep quality by keeping your bedroom cool and dark. Using blackout curtains can keep outside light from disrupting your sleep.

Sleep Quality and Mental Health

A study of 99 people older than 50 with an average age between 68 and 69 found that poor sleep quality results in decreased memory performance. Furthermore, poor sleep is a potential risk factor for dementia.

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