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Why Sleep Is So Important To The Health Of Seniors

Getting a good night’s sleep (as we pointed out in our blog a month ago) is incredibly important to the overall health of senior citizens. However, we should probably make clear that sleep is important for everyone! You’d be hard pressed to find any medical professional who would champion the virtues of sleep deprivation. We all need to reboot and recharge on a daily basis. The importance of sleep cannot be underestimated.

Sleep regenerates our brains.

Have you ever felt mentally tired? Of course, we all have. It goes without saying that it’s hard to concentrate when we have spent the entire day working or partaking in physical activities. Yes, the body can get weary but when the mind can think of nothing more than hitting the sack, it’s important to do just that. “Burning the midnight oil”, as they say, is generally a far less productive activity than most would imagine.

Rebecca Temsen of Self Development Secrets lists the rejuvenation of our brains as a top benefit of getting adequate sleep. “If you have trouble thinking, studying, working, or problem-solving, there are incredibly high chances that you are not allowing yourself to have enough sleep,” she writes, “Remember that your brain needs to clean out this cellular waste and replace it with renewed cell activity. This can only happen after a good, long night’s sleep.”

Sleep controls our weight.

Is there a medical professional out there who advocates the eating of junk food? We think not. It should also be a no-brainer to eat nutritious foods and consume adequate amounts of water each day in order to maintain a healthy weight. Naturally, a regular exercise routine helps as well. However, what most people don’t consider is how important it is to get a good restful sleep each night in order to control their weight.

“Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain,” informs Joe Leech on Healthline.com, “People with short sleep duration tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep. In fact, short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity. In one extensive review study, children and adults with short sleep duration were 89% and 55% more likely to become obese, respectively.”

How much sleep is enough sleep?

The answer is different for everyone. Temsen points out that it’s important to pay attention to our energy levels in order to determine our own personal sleep needs. “Everyone needs a different number of sleep hours every night, but we all need a specific minimum amount,” she informs, “You will need to determine your minimum requirements in this area and ALWAYS satisfy this requirement, each and every night.”

At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we’re so very proud that our home hospital beds have been able to help many a senior enjoy a restful sleep throughout the night. Home hospital beds allow individuals to increase sleeping comfort by adjusting bed positioning with proper therapeutic mattress surfaces. They are perfect for those who have hard times getting in and out of bed, have sleeping issues or insomnia or are bedridden.

If you have any questions about the home hospital beds offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 647-350-4488 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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