How does chronic sleep deprivation affect the body and mind? How does sleep change with aging? How can seniors enjoy better sleep?
According to WebMD, roughly half of all men and women in the U.S. over the age of 65 don’t sleep enough. In many cases this lack of sufficient sleep is due to the aging process itself, but other causes include stress, certain medications and chronic pain. Unfortunately, not sleeping enough oftentimes leads to more serious health problems that can threaten a senior’s ability to continue aging in place at home. Here are several reasons why getting sufficient sleep is vitally important for seniors.
You’ve been taking care of your aging in place elderly mother for about a year now, and everything was going fine until recently. But now mom’s energy level has decreased noticeably, and she’s stopped participating in many of her favorite activities. Her lack of interest and decreased energy have got you worried, but you’re not sure what to do. Thankfully, helping a lethargic senior regain their “zest for life” is possible when using these tips.