Sleep Support for Older Adults

by Melissa Chichester

With age, it is normal to experience wellness changes, and that includes shifts in sleep quality. The National Institute on Aging states that sleep is an issue for adults over 60. Older adults may find themselves developing new sleeping patterns. They may also find it more difficult to sleep due to medications and other lifestyle factors. But advanced age doesn’t have to equate to feeling tired and sluggish during the day. There are many ways to feel refreshed and practicing proper sleep hygiene supports your well-being.

Napping

Many older adults actually feel embarrassed about needing to nap during the day.

To some, needing a nap may signal getting older and be a source of emotional distress, but for people of all ages, naps are beneficial.

The National Institute on Aging recommends avoiding naps in the late afternoon and evening so that you don’t disrupt your sleep at night.

Exercise

Exercise is an important part of any lifestyle, but it is best to stick to a regular routine. Exercise at the same time each day. The National Institute on Aging recommends avoiding exercise within three hours of your bedtime.

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption

There’s nothing wrong with that daily cup of Joe, but if indulging too close to bedtime, it may interfere with sleep quality. Alcohol may also disrupt sleeping patterns, even in small amounts.

Supplements

Sleep support supplements are available for those who experience occasional sleeplessness or wish to improve their quality of sleep.** Valerian is an herb traditionally used to support relaxation and may help you get the rest you deserve.**^ Melatonin is a clinically studied ingredient that works in harmony with your natural sleep cycle to support sound sleep.**

The National Sleep Foundation Stresses the importance of sleep and its link to maintaining your quality of life. Getting a good night of rest is one of the cornerstones of staying well, rested, and relaxed.

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