It’s yet another cruel joke played by our aging bodies. You’ve finally retired, and you’re due some much-needed rest – and you find yourself unable to sleep!
A 2003 poll by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that 44 percent of Americans over the age of 55 said they had one or more symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week.
Why is insomnia – whether acute (lasting a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasting more than one month) – more prevalent among the elderly?
Neurological degeneration associated with age can disrupt circadian rhythms, causing fragmented sleeping patterns and an urge to nap during the day.
And, many physical and psychological illnesses, as well as the medications used to treat them, can disturb sleep, and pain from arthritis, osteoporosis and other age-related ailments can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep, too.
But don’t let all that keep you awake at night! Here are some easy measures that seniors can take to improve their nights, courtesy of the National Institute on Aging:
At Lourdes-Noreen McKeen, residents are able to stay physically active, if they wish. Many residents choose to work out in our state-of-the-art fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day. Daily stretch-and-flex strength training classes are also offered, along with weekly chair yoga classes and aquacize classes. Weekly music socials also provide residents with the chance to dance their way into shape!
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