How to Help Seniors Achieve a Good Night’s Sleep

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Insomnia can occur at any age, but seniors can be especially prone to sleep issues. When you know common causes of sleep problems, you can help the seniors in your retirement home achieve a good night’s sleep. 

Health Issues

Older individuals are prone to health issues that can interfere with the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Some examples include the post-menopausal stage, frequent urination, heartburn, and pain.

What you can do:

  • Discuss the senior’s health condition with his or her physician. Ask what steps can be taken to reduce symptoms that interfere with sleep.
  • Motivate them to lead a healthier lifestyle habits. Moderate exercise and a nutritious diet are two examples.

Stress

Stress can result in tossing and turning all night. Worry can definitely interfere with sleep.

What you can do:

  • Encourage them to talk to other seniors who have similar concerns. Communication is an essential key to reducing stress.
  • Include them in group therapy / counseling activities. Seniors need to know there is someone they can talk to about their concerns, worries, and fears.

Loneliness

Elderly persons can be lonely even when they live in a retirement home. Feelings of loneliness can keep a person awake at night.

What you can do:

  • Develop opportunities for your seniors to engage with others. This can include classes, groups, and activities that help seniors feel connected to other people.
  • Set aside some time to listen and talk to them. When seniors feel that people genuinely want to spend time with them, it reassures them that they matter and the sense of loneliness can start to disappear.

Sleep Hygiene

How seniors spend their evening can affect how quickly they will fall asleep. You may need to help seniors make changes that promote a good night’s sleep.

What you can do:

  • Turn off electronics, and encourage relaxation. Meditation, yoga, or reading can be useful.
  • Make sure their rooms are quiet, neat, and comfortable.

Many problems can occur from lack of sleep. These tips can help seniors enjoy restful sleep every night. With quality sleep, they can have better overall health, calmer moods, and happier lives during their golden years.

 


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