We’re often told about the health benefits associated with getting a good night’s sleep. But in reality, as we age, getting to sleep naturally can become more and more difficult. Whether you’re dealing with insomnia or just general restlessness, we’ve put together some of the best tips for getting a better night’s sleep as we get older. Read on to find out more.
Reduce bedroom distractions
Reducing screen time can be a good way to train your brain that it’s time for sleep. Turn off your electronic devices and TV an hour before bed so you’re not tempted to stay up even later. Reading or listening to some calming music can be a better way to unwind.
Avoid habits that discourage sleep
It’s a no-brainer, but if you sleep during the day, you’re more likely to stay awake at night. Avoiding afternoon naps is effective, and will ensure you’re more tired when it’s time for bed. It’s important to make sure your bedtime rituals are conducive to sleep, so make sure your bedroom is comfortable, dark and quiet.
Try natural sleep aids
Taking a warm bath before bed can be an effective way of winding down and inducing sleepiness. The drop in body temperature can help you to feel tired. Aromatherapy can also be a powerful tool when it comes to encouraging sleep, too. If you’ve never tried them, pillow sprays and mists are a good place to start. Simply spray them on your pillow before bed and the natural scents and essential oils work to calm your body and mind. Best of all, they don’t contain any nasty chemicals, so you can feel good about the fact that they’re a natural remedy.
Have a stairlift installed
This might sound like an unconventional sleep tip, but it has a surprising amount of benefits. Not only does having access to a stairlift in your own home make the top floor of your home easier to reach, it makes tackling the stairs less of a problem or worry when you do want to head up to bed for an early night.
Getting enough sleep is an important part of our overall health. Being healthy, happy, and safe in your home should be a priority, especially as we get older. If you’re experiencing issues accessing your bedroom due to mobility issues, then a stairlift could improve your quality of life. Speak to the friendly team at Halton on 0800 644 7766 to discuss your stairlift installation options, or to arrange your no obligation home assessment today.