Health Benefits of Sleep
Healthy Aging | 05/29/19
Sleep Tight: Health Benefits of Sleep
What do you do before turning in for the night? Many perform hygiene rituals, like washing your face and brushing your teeth. Others take a few moments before turning the lights off to meditate. Or maybe you have a sound machine that allows you to drift off to the sounds of the crashing ocean waves.
Bedtime routines may differ from person to person, but the important thing is to find one that works for you and contributes to a good night’s sleep. Restful sleep is essential to wellbeing, no matter your age. Contrary to popular opinion, seniors don’t need less sleep than the average person – in fact, all adults need about seven to nine hours a night. In this post, we at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor explore just a few health benefits of getting enough sleep.
5 Reasons Seniors Need a Good Night’s Sleep
- Decreases Risk of Disease: Lack of sleep can cause serious health issues. Research shows that not getting enough sleep over a period of time stresses the body, resulting in chronic inflammation and a weakened defense against illness. Your body needs consistent, quality time to rest in order to refresh your immune system and prevent disease.
- Increases Heart Health: Keeping in mind that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, heart heath is vitally important for healthy aging. One easy way to maintain heart health is getting enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control reports that lack of sleep can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and obesity, which raises the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
- Improves Concentration and Memory: Ample sleep makes for a sharper mind. It’s proven that sleep deprivation impairs attention and working memory, as well as long-term memory and decision-making. Getting enough sleep is just one way to contribute to a healthy and active brain.
- Helps Maintain Weight: Getting enough sleep is key to supporting a healthy weight. Along with making better food choices, studies have found that sufficient sleep keeps your levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, at a reasonable level.
- Keeps You Happy: More sleep results in a happier you. Rather than sluggishly coasting through only what is necessary for you to do in a day, you have the energy to fully engage in the community. Feeling refreshed and well-rested helps you socialize and motivates you to participate in activities, allowing you to actively involve yourself in the things that you love the most.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor
Our continuum of care addresses all aspects of wellbeing. Take advantage of one of our many relaxing amenities, such as enjoying a painting class in the art studio or a serene river cruise on The Atrium’s private pontoon boat. Plus, you can sleep soundly knowing that with our maintenance-free living, everything you need is taken care of for you. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your personal tour.