Rest is crucial to people as they get older. Proper rest can stave off infection, helps with memory and cognition, and is vital to the feeling of wellbeing. Yet, elderly people trend toward changes in sleep patterns—some of these patterns are a result of medication interactions, and others have to do with the progression of a disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
The in-home elder care specialists at Kansas City Home Care believe that getting in-home elder care reduces stress, worry and anxiety that might arise in a nursing home. Maintaining a familiar environment, a quiet room with a comfortable bed, and the freedom to sleep when you’re ready to sleep, all factor into proper rest.
Here are some tips for senior sleep health:
- Get aerobic exercise. Nobody is asking you to run a marathon, or even a 5k. But engaging in some daily exercise, such as brisk walking, swimming, or stationary cycling, can help your body feel relaxed and ready to sleep at the end of the day.
- Proper food. Diet plays a role in sleep health too. Avoid spicy foods like peppers and garlic before bed. Sweets and alcohol can also wreak havoc on sleep cycles, so indulge in moderation.
- Stress free environment. A safe, quiet room with no interruptions will keep sleeping seniors from struggling to get back to sleep.
- Isolation. Getting out and socializing with others can help maintain mental wellness, which can lead to more restful sleep.
The in-home caregivers of Kansas City Home Care are here to help your loved one age at home. Whether in Kansas City, Lenexa, Leawood, Olathe, Lees Summit, Overland Park or North Kansas City, we are here to support your wellbeing day—or night. Call us today!