Habits For Seniors To Calm Their Systems Down For Better Sleep

“I sleep for eight hours…. I pray to keep calm. Most importantly, I have a smile on my face.”

– Vidya Balan

sunset, a calm scene before nighttime

Have you ever given your nighttime routine any thought? If you’re experiencing any sleep difficulty, you might want to. Seniors don’t need less sleep than younger adults.

According to the United Health Foundation, 33.2% of adults aged 65 and up, in New Jersey, were getting inadequate (less than 7 hours) sleep in 2017. And that was 6.6% over the national average for the age group, across the U.S.

The truth is that poor sleep isn’t only about going to bed late. Some people just have a hard time falling or staying asleep. But, with a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to improve your chances of getting the sleep you need. Don’t worry about the investment, 15 minutes an evening, should be enough.1

5 Activities Before Bed To Help Calm Down

Winding down and relaxing before you go to sleep is a good way to improve your sleep. Here are 5 activities that you can try to calm yourself down.

1. Relaxation

Relaxation exercises, including meditation, can help you decompress and relax 2.

A survey of 2,000 nosleeplessnights.com readers, found that 58% were staying awake because of their active mind and 24% couldn’t sleep because of worry, stress or anxiety. If you find yourself in one of these categories, “doing some relaxation exercises before you go to bed, or when in bed, can help enormously.”

2. Bathing

A bath or shower is a great for calming your system down before calling it a night.3 In fact, it’s great way to relax any time during the day.

3. Oils

There are about 20 that are good for sleep. A particularly great one is lavender.3 Why not give it a try?

4. Coloring

Get your crayons and paintbrushes out! This one is just so much fun. Coloring isn’t just for your grandchildren, anymore. You’ll be surprised to see how much coloring may help you. Give it a try before bedtime for a calming effect.3

5. Music

Relaxing music can be very calming.1 Try listening to one of your favorite songs and notice how your body reacts.

Which calming activity can you start doing today?

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1 https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/sleep-hygiene/bedtime-routine-for-adults/

2 http://www.businessinsider.com/bedtime-rituals-will-pay-off-forever-2016-8#reflect-3

3 https://i-dream-of-sleep.com/bedtime-routine-for-adults/

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