How many of us suffer from lack of adequate, quality sleep? Studies show our sleep patterns are more negatively impacted as we grow older. It's staggering when one considers the amount of our senior population that suffer sleep disturbances. Studies have shown, indeed, about half of the older population studied reported poor sleep as an ongoing problem. Science is beginning to understand the correlation between inadequate sleep patterns and an increase in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Dementia. It goes beyond that 50%, as it's reported 60 to 70% of people with cognitive impairments, or dementia, have sleep disturbances as well. Those suffering with dementia have a poorer prognosis if they can’t attain an adequate sleep pattern. And while those suffering with dementia show a more rapid decline in cognitive skills due to lack of adequate sleep, it has also been shown to negatively impact the brain health of people in their middle ages.
So how does one define quality sleep? That is really a two-part answer. First of all, there is what can be considered to be quantity of sleep. That is to say, how many hours you spend sleeping. Most would agree that 7 to 8 hours of sleep is optimal to feel well rested. Some might say they don't need that much sleep, but science tends to not agree with that. As we age, sleep is more important than ever. Yet, it becomes more difficult to get the most restful sleep our bodies, and minds, need. That's referred to as quality of sleep.
It's easier to describe poor quality sleep than it is good quality sleep so let's start there. Does it take you a long time to fall asleep? If it takes you longer than about a half an hour, that's not a good sign. Another negative quality of sleep is if you wake up more than once, and it takes you longer than 20 minutes or so to fall back to sleep after you wake up. That’s likely to result in feeling tired the following day. Even if you feel like you “slept” 7-8 hours. It's also well-known that we wake up more frequently as we age. However, scientists don't necessarily consider this detrimental if you're able to return to a sound sleep relatively quickly.
What can we do to assure we get a good night's sleep so that we can feel well rested and able to take on the day as we get older? It has been suggested that a routine be followed for bedtime and proper preparation for sleep. This includes things like having dinner at the same time every night, but not having a heavy meal. Here at our Burbank assisted living facility, our clients receive a nourishing meal on a regular schedule to help with the routine. Maintaining a quiet environment is beneficial when it comes to winding down for the evening and going to bed. Comfortable sleeping quarters and accommodations are also very important when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. A comfortable bed, and a dark room, can work wonders for those suffering from insomnia. That's why here at Evergreen retirement home we take pride in creating an environment that is homey and cozy. It's always so much easier to sleep when we are comfortable!
Last but not least, there are always medications available for those suffering with the worst insomnia. That's where our trained medical professionals come into play here at Evergreen retirement home in Burbank. They are here to provide the highest quality medical care for you or your loved one available at any assisted living facility in Burbank.
We'd like to cordially invite you to pay us a visit at Evergreen retirement home in Burbank. This will afford you the opportunity to see for yourself how comfortable and cozy our residence truly is. We have a variety of rooms and suites available to show at your earliest convenience. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about our assisted living facility. So don’t lose sleep over the easiest decision you’ll ever make, all us to schedule a tour today!