Brain Health: Sleep

On these rainy, dreary days, many times all we want to do in the mornings is stay in bed and sleep! We probably all know that exercise, stimulation and socialization are important factors in helping our brains stay healthy – but so is sleep! Sleep is a vital part of daily physical and mental healthy renewal. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested during the day. Sleep is as vital to our health as nutrition and can improve mood, cognitive function and overall physical well-being.

Are you or a loved one having trouble getting enough sleep? Try the following tips:

–          Keep a consistent bedtime routine

–          Exercise regularly, but not right before bedtime

–          Avoid caffeine or other stimulants before bedtime

–          Prepare a comfortable and quiet sleep environment

If you regularly experience difficulty sleeping, consult with your physician.  For additional tips on assisting a person with dementia with sleep, visit www.alz.org .

Kara Johnson, MSW Care Consultant Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia

American Academy of Sleep Medicine http://www.aasmnet.org

Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org

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