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Living Healthy for Seniors Means Getting Plenty of Shut Eye
Every season at Westminster Village in West Lafayette, Indiana is celebrated. Mature adults happily scan the monthly calendar filled with so many social, cultural and educational activities. They realize that in this upscale retirement community, active adults can remain busy year-round if that’s what they choose.
However, some retirees don’t claim to be snow bunnies. In fact, they would like to spend the bitter cold of winter months in hibernation. But what if sleep is something that is hard for you to find? What if you’re the person who is wide awake at midnight, no matter how exhausted you might feel? Or do you have the attitude that sleeping isn’t really a priority in your life?
At Westminster Village, a lot of emphasis is placed on healthy living. That’s why professional chefs in each dining venue provide retirees with any restricted diet needs. That’s why exercise programs are tailored to meet the needs of all mature adults. That’s also why we are pointing out why shut-eye is important:
- Lack of sleep affects your memory as well as your immune system. If you don’t get enough rest, your body struggles to fight off a cold or flu bug.
- Lack of sleep can often lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
- According to the American Diabetes Association, sleeping well helps to stabilize blood sugar.
- Sleeping seven hours or more can also keep your weight under control. When you don’t sleep well, the body doesn’t produce very much Ghrelin, a hormone that works as an appetite suppressant.
Studies show that sleep can be directly related to quality of life and preventing life-threatening conditions. Those of us who sleep less than seven hours each night are more prone to stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack.
If you struggle with getting to sleep and staying asleep, consider speaking with your pharmacist about your medications. Side effects for some of these drugs include sleeplessness.
More than just wanting to hibernate through the winter, sleep is an important factor in senior health. Get the information and help you need to get the rest that will keep you happy and healthy!
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team