As we get older, our sleep needs change over time. Older adults may produce and secrete less melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep (American Academy of Sleep Medicine). Insomnia is also something that affects almost half of adults 60 and older (American Academy of Sleep Medicine). These changes may negatively affect a senior’s overall health drastically. However, it’s also easy to become aware of how your body feels, whether or not it’s too tired, and make the adjustments necessary to feel better each day.
It’s important for a senior to be mindful of what could weaken their immune system. Poor sleep habits can do just that. Sleeping well helps your immune system function more efficiently. Antibodies and cells that fight infection are reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. Getting proper sleep is a daily activity that will contribute greatly to a senior’s overall health.
Have more specific health goals in mind? Better sleep could benefit them. Better sleep habits promote better memory. A brain that’s well rested is better at problem solving, decision-making, memory and creativity.
If you or someone you know has developed trouble sleeping as they’ve gotten older, consider trying an at-home sleep test. First take an online sleep screening through SleepMaster Solutions™ to determine your potential sleep disturbances. If needed, SleepMaster Solutions™ can send an at-home sleep test so that you can get a sleep study scored by a trusted technologist and interpreted by board certified physicians. From there, you can find out if you need to take further action, like CPAP treatment.
As part of a vulnerable group, there are times when it is better for seniors to stay at home rather than needlessly risk a trip to the doctor’s office. SleepMaster Solutions™ allows anyone to proactively attend to their health from the comfort of their own home. Our simple home sleep test can be delivered right to your door.