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Beat Insomnia with This Advice

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It’s probably happened to you at least once. You’re ready to turn in for the night. You finish your nightly routine and get into bed. And then you’re wide awake! Or maybe you have no trouble actually getting to sleep, but then you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t seem to relax again.

If you’re like most people, a good night’s sleep (or lack thereof) sets the stage for your whole day. When you don’t get enough sleep or wake up tired, you can’t focus on daily tasks as well. You might also have to re-schedule afternoon appointments because you just can’t seem to stay awake in the middle of the day.

Insomnia affects millions of Americans like you on a regular basis. While doctors don’t have all the answers on the exact causes, there are methods you can use to prevent it from becoming a nightly event. Here are some of the most popular:

Stick to a Schedule

You probably had a bedtime as a kid. Maybe you make sure grandkids nod off at a regular hour when you’re babysitting. Health experts say going to sleep at the same time each night (and waking up at the same time each morning) gets your body into a natural rhythm. You should also create a relaxing sleep environment. Put on your favorite music, choose comfortable bedding, and make sure your room is at an optimal temperature.

Sometimes, lack of mobility, energy, or other reasons might make these suggestions impossible or unrealistic for you. That’s why it’s helpful to know that senior home care is available. Call us today for more information at (386) 253-4700 x 225.

Focus on Proper Nutrition

Have you ever noticed that it’s difficult to sleep after eating foods that you normally don’t choose? Doctors say that meals have a big impact on how well you can get to sleep.

Throughout the day, you can choose snacks and meals that will give you the energy and focus needed to get through your busy day. Health experts recommend limiting caffeine drinks. That doesn’t mean you have to ditch your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Just make sure to get in some activity to balance out the effects of your overall caffeine intake.

Thankfully, there are many activities for seniors at our centers throughout Volusia County. From dance classes (ballroom and line dancing), to group exercise, and more, you’re sure to find a program of interest. Visit our event calendar to see a full list (www.coavolusia.org) or call us at  (386) 253-4700 x 225.

Make Wellness a Priority

You don’t have to run marathons to get a good night’s sleep. If you have limited mobility or just don’t feel like getting your heart rate up, there are plenty of fun things to do at our senior center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and other sites throughout Volusia County. That includes:

  • painting (watercolor and acrylic)
  • card and board games (including Bridge, NSB Bingo, Mahjong, and Bunco)
  • language courses
  • low-impact exercise (yoga and meditation, balance and stability)
  • blood pressure and wellness checks
  • and more

In addition, we offer senior care that can help you accomplish daily tasks. Contact us today through our website (www.coavolusia.org) or by phone at (386) 253-4700 x 225 and learn how easy it is to achieve better sleep. 


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