Daylight Saving Time Tips for Seniors
For most of us, daylight saving time means we have more hours of daylight in the evening to enjoy the outside.
However, for senior adults, daylight savings can also be a health problem.
As clocks spring forward, we not only lose an hour of sleep; we need several days to reset our internal clocks. Seniors may also affect their accuracy in taking medications correctly.
The following are some suggestions to help those most affected by the change to Daylight Savings Time:
Routine is key - As much as possible, maintain regular sleep patterns, adjusting the time of going to bed and waking up by no more than 15-20 minutes, this helps keep your sleep rhythm steady.
Avoid products that keep you awake. Don't drink caffeine or alcohol in the evening; avoid over-the-counter sleep aids, and avoid napping during the day.
Keep moving in the right direction! Exercise. Walking, biking, swimming can all help you fall asleep more easily.
Soak in a Tub. A warm bath before bed can help the body relax and produce the natural sleep hormone melatonin.
Set the stage for sleep. Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable and quiet. Turn off the radio and or TV!
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