The Importance of Good Sleep

Makilah Rae Witt

According to the Better Sleep Council, good sleep is essential to promoting good health and maintaining cognitive function. A good night’s sleep leads to a better day. Caregivers can help seniors get a good night’s sleep with the following tips:
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Avoid napping after 4 pm. Taking naps later in the day can make falling asleep difficult.

Avoid drinking caffeine throughout the day. Stimulants like caffeine found in soda, coffee, tea and chocolate may interfere with the body’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Keep sleeping areas cool and dark. Create a good sleep environment with a cool and dark bedroom. For seniors, ensure that that lighting is easily accessible for a well-lit pathway to the bathroom as needed.

Exercise. Exercising during the day helps regulate the body and encourages a healthy sleep and waking pattern.

Go to bed at the same time every day. A regular sleep schedule promotes good sleep patterns.

Avoid use of electronic equipment in bed. Blue screens on electronic devices such as tablets and cell phones strain the eyes and interrupt the body’s natural ability to fall asleep.