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3 Ways for Seniors to Get Better Sleep

November 13, 2019
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Not getting enough sleep can cause frustration, irritability, anxiety, and other psychological issues. As we age, our quality of sleep decreases, but there are a few things you can do to improve your quality of sleep:

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Maintain a Healthy (Bedtime) Diet

If you’re one of those people who like to enjoy a snack before bed, maintaining a healthy bedtime diet is the best thing that you can do to improve your quality of sleep. Knowing which foods that are okay to eat before bedtime and knowing which foods to avoid can help tremendously.

Foods that are okay:

  • Decaffeinated tea
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Popcorn

Foods to avoid:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Fatty Foods (i.e., burgers, pizzas, burritos)
  • Chocolate

Stick to a Routine

Sticking to a nighttime schedule can drastically improve your quality of sleep. For example, setting and sticking to a bedtime ensures that your body becomes used to sleeping at that time. Some other things that you can incorporate to help you get to sleep are:

  • Taking a warm bath
  • Listening to soothing music
  • Writing in a notebook
  • Praying or meditating

Limit the Amount of Light in the Bedroom

It’s harder to nap during the day due to the sunlight. The same is true when trying to fall asleep at night. Harsh amounts of light at night can trick your body into thinking that it’s daytime. Some ways you can limit the amount of light entering into the bedroom is:

  • Closing the blinds
  • Keeping the TV off
  • Staying off your phone

Follow these tips and you are guaranteed a better night’s sleep!

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