Medical experts agree that a lack of sleep takes a toll on your mind, body, and overall health. A good night’s rest doesn’t just make you feel good, it also helps you think more clearly and focus on tasks better.
Research has also shown that chronic lack of sleep is linked to health problems including colds and flu, diabetes, heart disease, depression and also obesity.
That’s why sufficient sleep is increasingly being recognized as an essential aspect of chronic disease prevention. How much sleep is enough? Sleep needs vary from person to person but most experts agree that typical seniors need at least seven to eight hours sleep per night. Here are some tips to make sure you get the proper sleep you need:
- Go to bed at the same time each night, and rise at the same time each morning.
- Sleep in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, making sure it is neither too hot nor too cold.
- Make your bed comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music.
- Remove all TVs, computers, and other light-emitting electronics from the bedroom.
- Avoid alcohol and large meals before bedtime.
If you are still having trouble getting a good night’s rest, be sure to talk to your medical provider. There are many effective treatments for sleep problems.