Ageing And Sleep – When Your Loved One Has A Hard Time Falling Asleep

Ageing and sleep have an interesting relationship. Some people may need more sleep as they get older while others feel like they can do with less.

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People also undergo changes in sleeping patterns with age. Falling asleep, for example, can be an issue for some elderly folk. They lie in bed awake waiting for sleep mode to kick-in, but their efforts aren’t quickly rewarded.

While you wouldn’t necessarily suggest elderly insomnia treatment, falling asleep can still be a serious issue for your loved one at times.

Here are 3 tips to help your loved one with their ageing and sleep relationship so that they fall asleep quicker.

Afternoon Naps

Many elderly people enjoy an afternoon nap. Although this has its merit, it may also be a hindrance to nighttime sleep.

If your loved one generally naps during the daytime and has trouble with shuteye at night, consider waning them off the afternoon nap gradually and see if it affects their nighttime sleep schedule.


Routine plays a big role in sleep patterns.

Your loved one can train their system to enter sleep mode by having a bedtime routine.

A typical example would be taking a shower at a specific time then reading a book for a few minutes before calling it a night.

By the way, reading a book in bed can also interfere with sleep. So if reading isn’t helping, consider reading outside the bedroom. While reading in bed can help them relax and close their eyes as soon as they get drowsy, it can also train their brain to view the bed as a library. (Then again, a library may be quite conducive for falling asleep.)

Screen Time

In today’s technological world, many devices compete for our time. We can practically spend the majority of our day interacting with gadgets and looking at screens.

But did you know that these screens have affect our sleep?

Well, now you do.

The screen’s lights can send your loved one’s body a message that it’s time to stay awake. The effect can be similar to daylight.

So work on stopping all screen time long enough before bedtime that your loved one’s body can experience nighttime, adapt and go into sleep mode.

As part of Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation‘s holistic approach to care, our home-like comfortable rooms can help your loved one get the rest they deserve. Now you also one step closer to helping them get the sleep they deserve.

Does your loved one have an interesting relationship with ageing and sleep?

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Disclaimer, or Use At Your Own Risk

Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation does not take any responsibility for this post’s content. So any action you take based on its information is strictly at your own risk. You should always speak to your doctor regarding medical information and your health.

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