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Considering the Quality of Your Sleep

In a heavily researched article by expert Debra Sanders (RN, PhD, GCNS-BC) for Aging Well, several points are made about sleep the efficacy of this daily requirement for older adults. The author describes the process clearly: “As a person ages, the proportion of time spent in the deeper stages of sleep is reduced while time spent in the lighter stages of sleep increases. Moreover, repeated and frequent nighttime awakenings or arousals can disrupt sleep patterns,” identifying how individuals at a certain age can struggle with rest.

Eliza Jennings residents may identify with this process as an issue (and key discomfort) commonly experienced before consultation with one of our community professionals. Sanders continues her assessment by stating, “Sleep latency, or the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, increases with age, creating longer periods of lying awake before sleep ensues. Sleep efficiency, or the ratio of the amount of time spent in bed to time spent asleep, changes so that more time is spent in bed awake than time actually sleeping.” And it’s the reduction of this issue, sleep latency, and the increase of its less stressful counterpart, sleep efficiency, that older residents involved in our wellness programs are able to learn to experience.

Read more: http://www.agingwellmag.com/archive/050712p22.shtml

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

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