Do your loved ones have problems sleeping? Do they often wake up in the middle of the night and find themselves not being able to go back to sleep? Having trouble falling asleep could be an underlying symptom of health conditions such as diabetes, depression, or spiked blood pressure. However, many elderlies see a drastic change in sleep patterns as they grow older, too. If your loved one experiences such problems, then it may be time to try natural sleep remedies, like the following, for a good night’s rest.
Sleep problems can sometimes arise when the mind and body are not relaxed. This may be caused by stress or anxiety, that is why it is important to silence the mind and let it be in tune with the body. One of the best ways to do this is through meditation. Your loved one can do regular breathing exercises, visualization, or yoga.
Although this may be an uncommon sleep remedy, it is sometimes used to help people sleep better. The body is accustomed to light to signal when it’s time to sleep or wake up. When the light is bright, it’s a sign for the body to wake up and when there’s little to no light, it’s a sign for the body to doze off. One way of addressing sleep problems with the use of light therapy is to walk outdoors first thing in the morning. Your loved one can also take sunny late afternoon walks when he/she experiences waking up way too early in the morning. Retirement communities have fitness activities that they can engage in whenever they feel like it.
A 2011 study found that the use of aromatherapy to help people sleep is inconclusive. With this said, however, many individuals across time have been using English lavender as a sleep remedy. This is because this particular scent has been proven to be soothing and relaxing. You may try putting a lavender sachet under your loved one’s pillow. You may also purchase an oil diffuser, place a couple of drops of lavender oil with water and let it work its magic.
Melatonin is a hormone responsible for the sleep-wake cycle of the brain. Low levels of this can cause abnormal sleep patterns. Studies have proven that the use of melatonin supplements, especially by the elderly can help improve sleep. In addition, once your loved one wakes up, they are alert and ready to tackle the day’s activities.
Experience Worry-Free Sleep at The Trace
The Trace offers natural sleep remedies for people living in the assisted living community. We have activities that will surely make your loved one sleep better at night and be energetic throughout the day. We also make sure that they eat the right food to help them fall asleep without worrying about having a full stomach. To know more about or see what it is like to live at The Trace, contact us to schedule a tour today.