This week, our guest blogger is Dr. Perper, the founder and Principal Psychologist of Therapy Changes, a group Psychology practice in San Diego, CA. Therapy Changes mission to provide focused guidance when you need it most. The services are offered to those who are struggling with life’s most difficult transitions to regain a sense of engagement and control and start feeling better. For more information please visit Therapy Changes’s website.
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As we age we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier, or enjoy less deep sleep. Although these changes are a normal part of aging, disrupted sleep, waking up tired every day, or difficulty falling asleep are not normal. Sleep is an important part of overall physical and emotional health and should be considered as part of a healthy lifestyle. This article will discuss strategies to help you feel more rested and overcome age-related sleep problem so you can get a good night’s rest.
How much sleep do I need?
While the amount of sleep required for feeling successful will vary from person to person, most healthy adults require between 7 – 9 hours of sleep. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health suggests that healthy older people may require about 1.5 hours less sleep than younger adults, or on average of 7.5 hours per night. Although the quantity of sleep is important, it is more important to focus on how you feel following a night’s sleep. The quality of your sleep is just as important as quantity. Because older adults tend to wake up more often during the night, you might have to spend longer in bed to get the hours of sleep
Tips to Improve your Sleep
Give yourself time to condition your body to a new routine. Practice these tips regularly and consistently. If your sleep problems persist after trying these tips consistently and regularly, it may be a good idea to get a medical check-up with your physician. Let them know what is happening in your life. Your sleep problems can be organic in nature as well as have psychological contributors. In fact, many cases of sleep problems can be traced to underlying emotional stress. Anxiety and Depression can cause insomnia and are common conditions for adults over the age of 50. If you feel that you could benefit from therapy or medication please talk to your doctor about his or her recommendations. You don’t have to suffer alone and help is available.