Health Benefits for Senior Women Who Sleep Soundly

by Lois Etienne on October 29, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

There are many benefits to getting a good night’s rest.  Cutting down on napping during the day and increasing your exercise are ways that may help.

Here are other tips from sleep experts:Washington Senior Woman and Daughter

● Establish a routine sleep schedule.

● Avoid utilizing bed for activities other than sleep or intimacy.

● Avoid substances that disturb your sleep, like alcohol or caffeine.

● If you must nap, limit the time to less than one hour and no later than 3 p.m.

● Stick to rituals that help you relax each night before bed. This can include such things as a warm bath, a light snack or a few minutes of reading.

● Don’t take your worries to bed. Bedtime is a time to relax, not to hash out the stresses of the day.

● If you can’t fall asleep, leave your bedroom and engage in a quiet activity. Return to bed only when you are tired.

● Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and a little cool.

Getting the adequate amount of sleep is vital to healthy aging, according to a study of more than 2,000 womenfrom the University of California at San Diego.  In fact, the best predictors of this successful aging were less daytime napping and fewer complaints of sleep maintenance insomnia.  Sleep maintenance insomnia is waking up early and not being able to fall back asleep.

“Our findings that reports of better sleep are related to successful aging reinforce the idea that good sleep is of utmost importance for good health,” said study author Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, of the University of California at San Diego.

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