Strokes, hypertension, and even diabetes can all develop as a result of poor sleeping habits in seniors.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) May 02, 2014
Home Care Assistance – Greater Toronto (http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca), the area’s leading provider of non-medical and in-home senior care, is releasing an expert opinion on the importance of consistent and quality sleep and the vital role it plays in senior health.
“Getting the proper amount of sleep is still an overlooked aspect of the vitality of seniors, with so many repercussions can be brought on by the lack of it,” says Rick Heinz, owner of Home Care Assistance – Greater Toronto. “Strokes, hypertension, and even diabetes can all develop as a result of poor sleeping habits in seniors.” (Source: “Philips celebrates World Sleep Day to raise awareness of the benefits of good sleep,” Royal Philips web site, March 14, 2014; http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/standard/news/press/2014/20140314-world-sleep-day.wpd#.U1AeklVdVr0.)
Even more consequences have been identified in sleep-deprived seniors. A recent study of 2,800 men with an average age of 76 found a significant mental decline associated with poor sleep. And according to the study, it’s not how long each individual slept that affected their mental capacity; rather, it was the quality of sleep that became the determinant. (Source: Preidt, R., “Poor Sleep Tied to Mental Decline in Older Men,” MedlinePlus web site, April 4, 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_145513.html.)
International sleep campaigns have been launched to increase the awareness of the overall benefits, including World Sleep Day, which happened in March of this year. Heinz adds that for seniors, the advantage of a good night’s sleep is that it revives the immune system, which helps to fight diseases and improves concentration and memory; the elderly particularly need higher-quality sleep to ensure their mind and body is replenished.” (Source: “How to Sleep Well as You Age,” HelpGuide.org; http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_aging.htm, last accessed April 25, 2014.)
“If a senior is receiving at-home care, then ensuring consistent sleep patterns should be an essential part of the daily regiment,” Heinz concludes. “Seniors are more comfortable in their own surroundings, and implementing a sound sleeping routine, with the possible inclusion of naps, will go a long way to maintaining health and mental functionality. Surveys have shown that when seniors are moved out of their homes and into unfamiliar facilities, their health declines rapidly.”
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