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How Senior Living Residents Can Get the Best Sleep During Long Summer Nights

You should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Sadly, insomnia, sleep apnea, and a variety of movement disorders are more common in elderly people. If you don’t get quality sleep, however, you’re more at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Today, we’ll tell you how to get better deep sleep. These long Florida summer nights can make it hard to get comfortable in bed, but keep reading and we’ll help you make the necessary changes to boost your sleep quality.

Get Blackout Blinds

The summer temperature in Royal Palm Beach routinely tops 90°F, but that’s not the only reason why it could be keeping you up. Because the sun doesn’t go down until around 8 pm during the summer months, it’s harder to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. For that reason, senior living residents should consider opting for blackout blinds. These block out all light from filtering through your windows, so when you decide it’s time for bed, it’s easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Adjust the Air Temperature

Fortunately, at our senior living community in Royal Palm Beach, you can control the temperature of your room however you like it. If you’re finding it too hot during the summer nights, lower the temperature and let the cool air carry you into a restful sleep. Keeping your room at a cooler temperature is proven to lower your body temperature and make it easier to experience restful sleep. There are also a number of health benefits to sleeping in a cool room, which you can learn about here.

Start a Sleep Routine

Since it doesn’t really get dark out until later on during the summer, your body and mind might not be ready to go to sleep when you’d like to. In reality, quality sleep is cultivated by sticking to a daily routine. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day will help your body adjust to a particular bedtime. Your routine should include relaxing for an hour or two before bed, in addition to your nightly hygiene and a specific “lights out” time every night.

Treat Yourself Well

If you’ve been eating right before bed, this could be keeping you up at night. Eating unhealthy foods combined with uncomfortable nighttime temperatures makes it difficult to stay sleeping for 7 hours. Stick to a healthy diet that gives you the nutrients you need. You should also make sure you’re well-hydrated throughout the day. If you’ve been sweating, a glass of water before bed will ensure that you’re not losing more water than you take in and it’ll keep you cool as you sleep.

Figuring Out How to Get Better Deep Sleep Takes Trial and Error

Learning how to get better deep sleep is trickier than you might realize. It may take a bit of trial and error to find a method that works for you, but so long as you’re in a comfortable facility that prioritizes your well-being, you’ll find quality sleep soon enough. Inspired Living is an assisted living and memory care community in Royal Palm Beach. We offer comfortable rooms, amazing staff, high-quality food, and programming that looks after you mentally and physically. To book your spot or learn more about assisted living, contact us today.

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