Are you looking for a good night’s sleep without all the tossing and turning?
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, one third of all Americans have a sleep disorder that can affect their lives in serious ways.
A recent study from the Harvard Medical School has found that older adults who have significant difficulty falling asleep and who have frequent awakenings are at high risk of getting dementia or dying early from any cause.
The connection between sleep, dementia and early death is extremely worrisome to medical professionals. According to the World Sleep Society, sleep deprivation is threatening the health of 45 percent of the world’s population.
Depending on your age, you should get at least 7-10 hours of sleep per night. At least one in three do not come close to that number.
There is no known cure for dementia, but here are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk:
- Do not smoke
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Drink alcohol in moderation (if you drink at all)
- Have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly
- Stay as mentally active as possible (a must)
You can also train your brain to help with better sleep, a process called Sleep Hygiene.
Try setting up a bedtime routine designed to relax and soothe, which includes no TV or smartphone use two hours prior to bed. Other tips include:
- Having a comfortable bed and pillow
- Keeping your bedroom cool
- Maintaining a dark bedroom by keeping shades closed
- Avoiding caffeine or alcohol 2-3 hours before bed
Whatever you do, do not stay sleep deprived. Try these tips and stay as relaxed as possible and practice these tips for a better night’s sleep. Your life may depend on it.