A look at the benefits of sleep as you age – Daily Local


Some people think of themselves as night owls and early risers, but whether we are young or retired, sleep is one of the most important factors in our health. It is just as important for our physical health as it is for our mental and emotional health.

Yet, as we age, we can often experience changes in our sleep that may be normal or abnormal. Always see your doctor if there are things that are affecting your sleep.

Physical health

We may all know that the phrase waking up on the wrong side of the bed can make it seem like you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Poor sleeping habits or not sleeping at all can have effects on our mood, but what about our body? Here are the benefits of a good night’s sleep on our physical health:

• Reduces your risk of disease

• Maintains weight and improves metabolism

• Your brain eliminates harmful toxins

• Boost your immune system

• Reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis

Mental Health

A good night’s sleep can have a whirlwind of effects on our bodies, especially on our mental and emotional health. Some benefits of a good night’s sleep include:

• Improves concentration and memory

• Boost your mood

• Increase in productivity

• Limit the risk of dementia

• Limit the risk of depression and anxiety

While these are great factors to keep in mind as we age, the question is, how much sleep is enough? The majority of adults 65 and over should aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to feel well rested. Although everyone is different, it is important to see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

The promotion of the well-being of the elderly is provided by The Hickman, a licensed personal care home affiliated with Quaker in West Chester. This column was written by Samantha Gordon, Director of Communications and Outreach. She can be contacted at [email protected] or www.thehickman.org

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