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Live in & Elder Care in New Jersey – Sleep is Important for Seniors

Expert Home Care provides elder, senior, and live-in care for New Jersey’s aging population.

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Most seniors agree that when it comes to a good night’s sleep, they want quality sleep not the quantity not more hours of sleep. The ole adage.. more in not better, only more! Even if you are not a senior, you still need a certain amount of sleep in order to function well in daily activities. As many of us experience from time to time, how “well” or the quality of sleep you get affects you too.

In our busy lives, sleep very often is compromised. Sleep is critically important to your health. It’s interesting for us to learn that a brain’s activity is present even when it’s sleeping! There are different stages during sleep and they are necessary in order to feel well rested and energetic the next day. Research shows us that other stages of sleep helps with learning and creating memories.

Most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. And school aged children require at least nine, preschoolers between 10-12 and newborns 16-18 hours. While the common belief is that older people require less sleep, there is no proof to substantiate that. As we age, there is a tendency to spend less time in the deep, restful stages of sleep. Older people are more easily awakened and have difficulty returning to sleep.

Frequent awakenings can affect how well rested you will feel in the morning – the quality of sleep. This can affect your mood as well the ability to think clearly, react quickly, and creatively problem solve. Our relationships can suffer too when sleep is compromised. It also affects our immune system adversely leaving us vulnerable to infection and illness.

In tomorrow’s post, we will address “how to get” a better night’s sleep. Or maybe you would care to leave your comment below, if you’ve found tips for sleeping that helps you awaken each morning feeling rested and ready to go.

Call Expert Home Care today 800-848-2336, if you need help with your aging relative. 

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