Do you have trouble falling asleep at night or staying asleep throughout the night? Do you toss and turn and never feel rested in the morning? These are very common issues for adults and aging adults. Getting enough sleep often isn’t a priority for busy adults, but getting enough sleep at night (about 7 hours, uninterrupted) is extremely important for your overall health and especially your brain health and function. A new study published in SLEEP and conducted by the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore found that reduced sleep in seniors is associated with faster brain ventricle enlargement and a decline in cognitive function and performance. The enlargement of brain ventricles is also known as a marker for dementia and diseases like Alzheimer’s. EZ-ACCESS wants you to be aware of health issues that could affect you. We want you to get the best sleep possible to live a healthier life. Keep reading to learn ways to get more and better sleep at night.
Focus on sleep hygiene
Use the bedroom for only sleep, keep consistent sleep and wake times, avoid caffeine in the afternoon, keep pets out of the bedroom, make sure the bedroom is cool, dark and quiet and keep TVs and computers out the bedroom.
Form a pre-bed ritual
Try to practice the same routine before bed to “prepare” you for sleep. Try taking a hot bath or drinking warm chamomile tea before bed.
Consider a reclining wheelchair or tilt-in-space wheelchair
If transitioning from your wheelchair to your bed is difficult or uncomfortable, you may consider a wheelchair that allows you to rest or sleep in it comfortably. Reclining wheelchairs have a high back that reclines independent from the rest of the chair, and tilt-in-space chairs have adjustable backs, seats and leg rests to form more of a recliner position. Tilt-in-space wheelchairs are perfect for people with specific medical issues, like difficulty sitting upright for long periods, curvature of the spine, pain or pressure from sitting upright in a wheelchair, seizures, sleep disorders and fluctuating muscle control. Another plus: If you are more comfortable in your wheelchair throughout the day, it will be easier to get better sleep at night, free from aches and pains. Check out our wheelchair accessories to help you be more comfortable in your chair.
Don’t work right before bed
Your body needs a break from the stress of work to unwind before sleep. If you can’t stop thinking about worries and responsibilities, write them down on a piece of paper and let them go. There’s nothing you can do about them until tomorrow anyway, so you might as well get well-rested to better tackle the day ahead.
Don’t work out right before bed, but try an evening or morning workout to help you get the slowest waves of sleep.
With proper sleep, you’ll maintain better overall health and brain health. Make sleep a priority in your life, and try these tips to make the most of your night’s rest!