In an over 50s lifestyle resort such as Seachange Emerald Lakes, a lot of people may not realise it, but sleep is important. We have a community of friendly, active seniors who get the most out of their days and nights. It is important to get high quality sleep every night so that you can enjoy all that our lifestyle has to offer.
Most people need from 7-9 hours of sleep every night to function at their optimum level. While many scientists say seniors don’t need as much sleep as younger people. we know everyone is different and some people need that extra hour or two of sleep that others don’t.
Here are some tips for getting high quality sleep and waking up full of energy.
Consistent Bedtime and Rise & Shine
We know it doesn’t always work out that way, but you should try to get to bed and wake up at the same time every night and day. This habit will keep you healthy in so many ways.
Stop Stimulants Early
Try to have your last cuppa in the middle of the afternoon. Try not to eat sugar late, either. If you have stimulants late in the day, they can still affect you when you are trying to sleep.
Prime the Sleep Pump
Try preparing for sleep an hour before bedtime. This can become a routine. Turn off the TV, computer and mobile devices. Draw a nice warm bath. Put on some soothing music. Or, you may do as many have for years: curl up with a nice book before bed.
Don’t Fall Asleep on Your Couch
If you are going to take a nap, take it in your bed. Don’t fall asleep on your couch. You want to teach your body that your bed is a sleep cue.
Don’t Eat Before Bed
Leave an hour or two before bed for your stomach to empty. Food prepares your body for activity: that is the last thing you want when you are trying to fall asleep.
Sleep and Intimacy Only
Don’t use your bed for anything but sleep and intimacy. This will train your body to fall asleep when you lay down. If you want to lay down with a book or while watching TV, do it on your couch. And don’t fall asleep there.