Sleep Well Tonight To Enjoy A Healthier Tomorrow

Identifying and improving senior living habits and health concerns that contribute to a poor quality of sleep.

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A good night's sleep is essential to looking and feeling your absolute best. Adequate sleep helps heal the body and mind, it helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, and it allows the cardiac system to rest and inflammation to subside. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep is a general rule of life that every age group should adhere to, but it becomes even more important as we age.

At the Marshes of Skidaway Island, we're one of the top Savannah senior living communities in helping seniors enjoy a higher quality of sleep. From actively addressing common sleeping problems to providing our residents with an engaging and active lifestyle, our CCRC in Savannah can help you or your loved one experience a healthier and more enjoyable quality of life.

Common Sleeping Problems in Seniors

According to a study conducted by the University of California, approximately half of all adults aged 65 and older experience some type of sleep problem. The study found that seniors are more likely to experience longer sleep onset times, reduced sleep efficiency, more awakenings during the night, earlier wake up times, and more naps throughout the day.

Such sleeping problems can be caused by a variety of age-related issues, including the natural decline in melatonin production as we age. Other instigating factors can include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis pain
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Incontinence
  • Certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Alzheimer's disease

How to Improve Sleep as We Age

The best way to improve sleep quality as we age is to live a healthy and active lifestyle. This includes eating a nutrient-rich diet and avoiding certain sleep-robbing foods like caffeine-filled products for as much as ten hours before bed. You should also avoid eating fatty or spicy foods late in the day as they can cause heartburn and indigestion in the nighttime hours. You should also avoid eating anything for a few hours before going to bed.

Part of getting a good night's sleep is following a sleep schedule in which you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This helps get your body into its natural circadian rhythm. The bedroom should be kept as dark and as cool as comfortably possible. If you need a night light, then replace the clear or white light bulb with a red one as red light does not disturb sleep like yellow or white light does.

You should avoid watching television or using electronic devices right before going to bed and any light-emitting electrical devices, such as a digital clock, should be replaced by old-fashioned analog devices.

Keep a Sleep Journal

If you suffer from sleepless nights or you experience nightly interruptions in your sleep, then start keeping a sleep journal. Use the journal to record your experiences, such as the reason why you awoke, and this may help your doctor pinpoint the root cause of your sleep problem.

Be as Active as Possible

At the Marshes, we provide our residents with an engaging and socially-active community of like-minded individuals. Our community has two exclusive clubs, an Internet café, nature trails, a putting green, an indoor heated pool, a greenhouse, several hobby clubs, and so much more to keep our residents active. Along with our community events and our trips into Savannah and the surrounding areas, our amenities are instrumental in helping our seniors enjoy the better quality of sleep that's essential to a healthy lifestyle.

Visit The Marshes of Skidaway Island Savannah Senior Living Communities Today

If you or your loved one is interested in Savannah senior living communities, then The Marshes of Skidaway Island needs to be at the top of your list. Our luxurious CCRC in Savannah offers a wide array of amenities on a beautifully manicured campus in one of the most picturesque parts of Georgia. In addition, we provide our residents with all of the essential 24/7 on-site medical, rehab, and memory care services they need. To learn more about The Marshes of Skidaway Island, please call us today at 800-889-6238 or request a brochure.