So if you sleep a third of your life, how much does quality count? What are the healthy standards and what are individual differences? Aging in place websites only really talk about adaptations to the bedroom in terms of safety.
You should have a phone with speed dial numbers, you should have an alarm with big numbers. There should be adequate bedside light and night lights and a smoke detector. It is noted that it is best to have your medications and a flashlight nearby. Do not have rugs that you may trip over (in the bedroom or anywhere in the house).
But no one really talks about the quality of your sleep. It is kind of assumed that in getting older we will be up at night with trips to the bathroom, that we will have more trouble falling asleep, and we will wake up earlier. A recent study from the CDC says over a third of the population get less than the seven hours a night that is necessary to avoid health problems of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
As older adults we actually need more than that! The more I read, the more I saw the conflict of safety factors and getting a good night sleep. To explain, all those electronics we have near the head of our beds emit frequencies that can interfere with sleep. I am not getting into alien territory here just simple reality. After reading over a dozen articles on sleep quality, I choose to include this website/ article as I think it says it best:
After putting my alarm clock away, putting away my power strip and shielding my charging cell phone in a drawer, I have almost perfect darkness except for the tiny light from a wired in smoke detector. I know in an earlier post I talked about a pathway of lights out to the bathroom or into your main living area. I am going to find a motion sensor night lite for a floor level outlet. But I am talking more about removing what is within just a few inches from your head as you lay down to sleep.
When I tried this just two weeks ago, this turned out to be a real difference for me personally. We all have the worries of the day or life in general to wrestle with as we lay down to sleep, in addition we do not need to be sleep in a cockpit of electronics. Here is where I place a clear try this of your own volition statement.
Adding hours of uninterrupted sleep that allow for healthy dreaming can help you wake refreshed. Some of the demons of life are best dealt with in the land of dreams. It might certainly get harder as the years pile on but why not find out now what works best for you. The silver tech people in the future will probably invent a sleep capsule that programs you into luscious deep REM sleep. Meanwhile you might want to try and get back to nature and feel the soothing power of the dark side.