Sleep is Essential for Brain Health

Sleep is Essential for Brain Health

How well are you sleeping? Experts say how well we sleep greatly influences our longevity. For optimal health, eight hours of sleep is recommended for adults. Lack of sleep, defined as six hours or less, can have serious consequences: concentration problems, memory loss and even a weaker immune system.  Most harmful diseases that originate from first-world nations can be linked to lack of sleep.

Sleep is also crucial for brain health because our brain flushes out waste products when we sleep.  When we suffer from lack of sleep, waste builds up in the brain.  This waste has been linked to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, and retirement community, we believe that sleep is an important part of all wellness categories – intellectual, social, physical, and purposeful.

Here are some tips for a better night’s sleep:

  • Stick to the same bedtime and wake-up time, even on weekends. If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and relax somewhere else.
  • Read or listen to soothing music. Go back to bed when you’re tired. Repeat as needed.
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual away from bright lights.
  • Avoid using screens, reading and watching TV in your bed.
  • Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity.  Avoid exercise 1-2 hours before bedtime.
  • Evaluate your room’s comfort level: Ideal room temperature should be cool – between 60 and 68 degrees. Keep your bedroom free from any noise that can disturb your sleep.

 

Penny Vittoria

Successful Aging Coach

 

Acacia Creek Retirement Community inspires residents to live an active, meaningful life. Our mission as a senior community is to enrich the independence, well-being, and security of our residents through exceptional services and care based on Masonic values.

To learn more about Acacia Creek or our senior housing opportunities, visit us at www.acaciacreek.org.