What is the best sleep aid for seniors?
• Take a warm bath.
When you get out of the bathroom, the body temperature drops. This drop relaxes the nerves and may help you fall asleep easier.
• Take Time to Calm Down Before Getting to Bed
Get away from your TV and smartphone screens an hour before bedtime. Unwind by listening to relaxing music or reading a book.
• Use The Bed Only for Sleeping Purposes
If you don’t fall asleep 20 minutes after going to bed, get up. You should only go to bed if you are tired. Learn to use the bed solely for sleeping.
• No Alcohol Near Bedtime
Even a sip of alcohol can make it difficult to sleep. It’ll wake you up after the effects have worn off. Drinking liquids before bedtime leads to sleep-breaking trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
• Wear Yourself Out
Exercise regularly every day (except within 3 hours of bedtime) and avoid afternoon naps. Napping increases the chances of staying awake at night.
• Get Some Sunlight
Sunlight is the clock the body uses to know when to sleep and when not to. So, go outside and get some sunlight, but do wear sunscreen. If nothing works, consider asking for your doctor’s help.
They will check if you have any conditions or are taking any medications that keep you awake. Your doctor might also send you to a sleep specialist.