Sleep is very important to human beings, especially when getting older.
Your sleeping time is directly related to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) which influences your daily cycle. When you get older, the function of the SCN also gets deteriorated. This will directly affect the sleeping patterns of seniors. Listed below are some tips on how to get better sleep for those over 50.
Tips for sleeping better
The recommended sleeping time for a human being is 8 hours minimum. Let us see some good tips to achieve that for better sleep.
1) Keep to the schedule
Keep a schedule of getting to bed at the same time every day, no matter if you are working or not. This will regulate your body to get used to a specific time to have better sleep.
2) Avoid gadgets and electronic devices
Headphones, TVs, and computers are known to have a very bad side effect on your eyes and brain. A peaceful brain and healthy eyes are important to a night of better sleep. So avoid these things at least 1 hour
before sleep. Instead, take a warm bath, get used to reading books, journaling, coloring, crossword puzzle, or listening to music before going to sleep. Listed below are great choices for accomplishing this task.
3) Don’t interrupt the sleep cycle
Avoid sleeping in the afternoon or evening even if you are tired. When you sleep at other times, this will directly interrupt the sleep cycle and you will feel fresh at night where as you should be sleeping.
4) Avoid liquids
Caffeine drinks are known to make you freshen up when you are tired, avoid this drink before you sleep. Also, some people drink alcohol when they cannot sleep. Avoid this because once the alcohol effect wears off you will be awake in the middle of the night.
Finally, avoid drinking too much water before going to sleep, because you might wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
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