HOW TO HAVE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Create an environment that invites sleep: A dark, comfortable, quiet room free of noise and distractions will help you relax, de-stress, and fall asleep faster.
Bedrooms are sleep-only zones: These days, many people feel compelled to get a little more work done or catch up on favorite TV shows from the comfort of bed. However, this continued stimulation can induce stress and anxiety, inhibiting you from getting a good night’s rest. Leave computers and TVs in the office and/or living room and use the bedroom for sleep only. Most sleep experts suggest not reading in bed either.
Avoid caffeine at bedtime: Because caffeine is a mild stimulant, it produces an alerting effect. Avoid caffeinated beverages at least 8-12 hours before going to bed.
Exercise a few hours before bedtime: Exercise makes falling asleep easier and can help you sleep sounder. Finishing an exercise program at least three hours before bedtime helps the body cool down and helps you fall asleep easier. Contact AAging Better for more information on how to help seniors or caregivers get a healthy night’s sleep. Contact us online or call us at (208) 777-0308 in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls or Hayden areas; (208) 263-7889 in the Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry or Priest River areas; or (208) 784-1505 in the Kellogg, Wallace or Pinehurst areas.