I’m nearly 70, and I figure I’ve spent over 203,000 hours of my life snoozing. That’s 8,500 24-hour days, 1200 weeks, 300 months, or 25 solid years of sleep. Call me Rip Van Winkle. I’ve loved every minute of it.
Over half of the adult population 60 and above experience chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting longer than three months and is a very different experience for your brain than acute pain.
As a geriatrician, I work with senior patients who suffer from a diverse range of problems, including memory worries, anxiety, pain, diabetes, falls, and more. One symptom many of them have in common is poor sleep.
What pops into your mind when you think about the following question – what does it take to get the most from life after 60? If you are like most people, your thoughts probably jumped to suggestions like “being more productive” or “following your passions.” There is nothing wrong with these instincts. After all, getting the most from every day requires us to take a proactive approach to how we structure our days.
Let’s take a minute to imagine life 10,000 years ago. It’s sunset, and while you don’t have a watch, you know that it’s time to sleep. Over the course of the last hour, the sun has gently descended behind the mountains, turning the sky from blue to yellow to red to purple. There are dangers in the night, but, you feel safe in your cave, surrounded by your family.
As with so many aspects of aging, it’s easy to blame our poor sleep patterns on our bodies. I reality, there are plenty of simple things we can do to sleep better after 60. In this article, I’ll explain how what you eat in the hours before bed may be keeping you up at night.
With the rise of all the scary stats among seniors (like Alzheimer’s, loneliness, depression, divorce, and nursing home occupancy), it’s becoming more and more difficult to lead an active, healthy, and engaged retirement lifestyle.
How did you sleep last night? I was up at 3:30 a.m. and found myself finishing Why We Sleep by neuro-scientist and sleep researcher, Matthew Walker.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the amount of sleep you need as you get older doesn’t decrease. Boomers need about as much sleep – between seven and nine hours – as younger adults.
Whether it’s because of hormones, a busy brain, or a snoring partner, many women over 50 find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. What should we be eating before bed to help us drift off to Dreamland and stay there? Join us in conversation with registered dietitian Ashley Koff who has some great ideas for us to try. Enjoy the show!