You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” While the wealthy part is still up for debate, numerous studies have confirmed that getting a good night’s rest is essential for older adults who want to stay healthy and wise. Lack of sleep has been linked to a number of health problems including obesity and diabetes, while quality sleep has been shown to enhance cognitive function. That’s why at Palo Alto Home Care Assistance, we’re dedicated to making sure our clients are not among the millions of seniors who say they don’t get enough sleep.
So, what should seniors who are struggling with insomnia do? The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has a number of helpful recommendations. First, set a sleep schedule, where you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Next, don’t eat or drink (especially drinks with caffeine) too close to bedtime. Help yourself relax and get in the sleeping mood by engaging in some transitional activities, such as reading or meditating. Do these for about 30-60 minutes before you’re ready for bed. Once you do go to bed, make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. Finally, resist the urge to look at the clock. Knowing how late it is will only increase anxiety and make it harder to get that much needed rest.
Still having trouble getting to sleep? Well, you’re in luck. Right here in Palo Alto, we have one of the world’s foremost sleep centers, The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. You can schedule an appointment and speak with one of their sleep physicians. You can even arrange to participate in an overnight sleep study, where doctors will watch how you do (or don’t) sleep in order to develop an effective treatment plan. They can help with insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and more.
And of course, we’re here to help too! For more information about Palo Alto home care and how our professional Palo Alto caregivers can address the specific needs of seniors with sleep troubles, call us today.