Trouble Sleeping?

by Lois Etienne on August 26, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Is stress keeping you awake or is not getting enough sleep causing you stress? Truth is, it’s a little of both.

Sleeping less than seven and a half hours per day may be associated with potential risk of heart disease for older people, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Getting adequate sleep is essential to preventing health conditions such as obesity and diabetes as well as several risk factors for cardiovascular disease including sleep-disordered breathing and night-time hypertension (high blood pressure).

This study monitored the sleep of 1,255 individuals with hypertension (94 percent) and followed them for an average of 50 months. Their average age was 70.4 years with a range of 33 to 97 years; there were 476 men and 779 women. Researchers noted patients’ sleep duration, daytime and nighttime blood pressure and cardiovascular disease events such as stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac death. During follow-up, 99 cardiovascular disease events occurred. Sleep duration of less than 7.5 hours was associated with incident cardiovascular disease.

If you’re worried about being alone at night, or worried about your spouse wandering at night, or if you stress over not enough hours in the day to get everything done, why not consider hiring a caregiver companion. Home Instead Senior Care® employs CAREGiversSM who are screened, trained, bonded and insured to provide a variety of services including companionship. Having someone in the house at night or that little extra help could be just what you need to sleep soundly.

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