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Senior citizens deserve all of the love, care and support we can give them. After all, they are our parents and grandparents. They brought us into this world. We were nurtured and raised by them. And, as adults with older parents, it’s our jobs to ensure we care for those who showed us what caring is all about.
As part of our missions to keep the seniors in our lives happy and healthy, we must seek ways to help them sleep better at night. Yes, the simple act of getting a restful sleep isn’t so simple in your later years. The importance of good sleep for the overall health and well-being of seniors should not be underestimated.
Were you aware that when you get restful sleeps at night, it helps you to maintain your weight? Proper rest supports your metabolism. Your body needs to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Without sleep, your body endures greater stress. This makes it a lot harder for it to function normally.
As Asbury.org notes, “getting enough sleep is key to weight maintenance and keeping your metabolism moving at a healthy rate. Sufficient sleep also regulates ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite. If you’re sleep deprived, your metabolism slows down which can lead to weight gain.”
Have you ever been cranky after waking up in the morning? Of course you have. Even the cheeriest of morning people aren’t their normally-happy selves when they’re deprived of sleep. Consider how a lack of good sleep impacts an older person. As ComfortKeepers.com explains, inadequate rest can significantly affect the moods of seniors.
“Not getting a full night of sleep can cause irritability, stress, problems with concentration, and mood swings,” says the site, “Long-term sleep deprivation can lead to cognitive issues and depression. When seniors don’t sleep, their bodies suffer– Headaches, body aches, and weakness can sometimes be attributed to lack of sleep.”
They say laughter is the best medicine. We’d argue that good sleep is right up there as a top source of maintaining optimum health. When you lose out on an adequate amount of sleep each night, you run the risk of increasing your blood pressure and worsening your chances of getting cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
“Studies show that insufficient sleep puts added stress on the body, leading to inflammation and a weakened immune system,” says Asbury.org, “During sleep, our bodies undergo restorative functions like muscle growth, protein synthesis and tissue repair – all of which are needed to keep your immune system strong.”
At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we’re committed to helping seniors sleep better at night. Our home hospital beds allow individuals to increase sleeping comfort by adjusting bed positioning with proper therapeutic mattress surfaces. Home hospital beds are perfect for individuals who have hard times getting in and out of bed, have sleeping issues or insomnia or are bedridden.
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