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More than Beauty Rest: Sleep for Seniors

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Everyone has a bedtime routine, but it may look a little different for each person. Before you lay down for the night, you likely take part in some sort of hygienic practice as well as something to help you calm down for the evening like journaling or listening to soft music.

While each person’s nighttime ritual is specific to them, the important part is that your routine helps you get a good night’s sleep. Every adult needs at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night, which is crucial to your wellbeing. Here at Meadow Lakes, we’ve found a few benefits to getting a full night’s sleep that we’d like to share with you.

5 Health Benefits of Good Sleep

  1. Improved memory and concentration. Sleep deprivation causes a negative effect on your working memory and attentiveness as well as your decision-making abilities and long-term memory. Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night leads to a sharper mind and healthy aging.
  2. Decreases stress. In a survey to view the link between sleep and stress, the American Psychological Association found that adults sleeping less than eight hours each night are more likely to feel stress. They expressed symptoms such as irritation or anger, feeling overwhelmed and losing patience. When you get a full night’s sleep, on the other hand, your body and mind are recharged, and you can better deal with the stress that comes your way.
  3. Better heart health. Did you know that lack of sleep can contribute to heart problems such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure? These ailments can increase the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., making heart health a priority. One way to improve your heart health is just by getting enough restful sleep.
  4. Maintains your immune system. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can have a negative effect on your immune system function. Studies have shown that restful sleep has a strong influence on immune functions. This includes the making of pro-inflammatory cytokines which are at their highest production rate during the first few hours of sleep. In order to restore your immune system, you need regular, quality sleep.
  5. Supports social interactions. Poor quality of sleep can hinder your ability to process emotional information and identify social cues during interactions with others. Good, quality sleep helps keep you fully engaged and motivated to participate in things rather than sluggishly move throughout your day.

Enjoy a Full Night’s Sleep for Seniors at Meadow Lakes

At Meadow Lakes, we want you to sleep well, knowing you’re living the lifestyle you deserve. That’s why we’ve provided a variety of amenities to help you relax and unwind when you need to. Let your soul immerse in a concert at our performance hall. Enjoy a relaxing game of croquet at our indoor or outdoor courts or lose yourself in your creative side at our art studio. And you can rest easy knowing that our maintenance-free lifestyle means we take care of all of the tedious things for you.

Contact us today for more information about how Meadow Lakes can help you get a good night’s sleep.

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