How much restful sleep do we need after 60 | health and wellbeing

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I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those girls who loves her restful sleep. In my younger years, I stayed out until dawn, partied until the cows came home, burned the candles at both ends – that was me.

I spun like the Energizer Bunny (always) and when it came time to zone out, I hit that bed hard. I would never have thought of counting the proverbial sheep to allow my mind to unwind and decompress into falling asleep.

If you are one of those gifted people who catch zzz’s, well done! However, if you don’t fall into this sleeping superhero category, you’re not alone. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep, because there’s nothing more comforting than getting into that cozy bed that calls your name after a long day, with smelly sheets and soothing tunes in the background to doze off like a baby.

So how much sleep do we need after 50 and 60? An average of seven to nine hours of sleep per night is recommended. However, the quantity is not necessarily in question; it is the quality that is most important. As we age, many factors make restful sleep extremely difficult. Studies have shown that adults need more help falling asleep than young people.

There are countless clinics dealing with sleep disorders because it is a very real problem these days. A study by Johns Hopkins indicates that women begin to have sleep problems at the onset of menopause due to hot flashes and other symptoms that accompany this condition.

Moreover, sleep apnea is another problem that causes men and women to suffer from severe lack of restful sleep. In women, it stems from a loss of reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, that cause lack of naps to go undiagnosed.

Try these tips to make sure your rest improves.

Exercise

You don’t have to train like a maniac to get the positive effects exercise can have on your sleep pattern. Take a walk before or after dinner, the rewards will be extremely beneficial.

Aromatherapy, meditation and soothing music

Lavender and other soothing aromas help with sleep. There are several phone apps that help with meditation and come with soothing music.

No blue lights

If you’re going to be using your phone at night, consider getting a pair of blue light blocking glasses or dimming your phone’s light. Blue light keeps your brain function active, keeping you awake.

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