The holidays are a prime example of when life can become hectic, with travelling, cooking, and making arrangements and accommodations for family and close friends
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) December 31, 2014
Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region (http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca), the area’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care, is releasing its sleep guidelines for seniors, especially at the holidays.
According to the experts at Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region, getting enough sleep is just as important as eating a healthy diet and exercising. In fact, not getting enough sleep can lead to a buildup of toxic chemicals in the brain, which has been proven to increase the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes. (Source: “Relax and Catch Some Zzz’s this Holiday Season,” Home Care Assistance web site, December 15, 2014; http://homecareassistance.com/relax-and-catch-some-zzzs-this-holiday-season.)
“The holidays are a prime example of when life can become hectic, with traveling, cooking, and making arrangements and accommodations for family and close friends,” says Rick Heinz, Owner of Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region. “It’s a great time of year when people get a chance to be with family and celebrate the holidays, but it’s also a time of year when rest can potentially be neglected, and that can have some negative repercussions for seniors.”
Heinz explains that, as with the aforementioned diet and exercise, all people, not just seniors, should be just as focused on getting enough sleep. It’s a point that caregivers should be very aware of as part of their home care services, as making sure seniors are well rested helps better prepare them for the day.
“Studies have shown that sleep deprivation also reduces cognitive functions, memory, and daily energy,” he adds. “Eight hours of sleep is the recommended nightly minimum and caregivers should assure that seniors adhere to those recommendations.”
“The holidays can actually be a good time to get some rest if one organizes their time wisely,” Heinz concludes. “The streets and roads are typically more quiet and people aren’t in as much of a rush, so seniors should really take the time to relax and enjoy the tranquility.”
Home Care Assistance has released a book called The Senior Sleep Solution, which contains valuable information on sleep deprivation and tips on seniors with sleep disorders. Visit http://homecareassistance.com/healthy-longevity-book-series/the-senior-sleep-solution for more information.