Healthy Foods That Can Help Seniors Sleep Better
So many seniors today struggle with insomnia and other sleep related issues. For many seniors this has become a serious problem that prevents them from having the energy they need to get through the day. Plus, sleep deprivation can cause seniors to struggle from a number of different physical and mental health issues.
Changes in sleep patterns are actually quite normal for seniors, and while serious issues should be addressed by a doctor, there are still things that seniors and their caregivers can be doing to help alleviate some of these common sleep struggles. Whether seniors are struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both, sometimes lifestyle changes can go a long way in altering the way that a senior’s body operates, especially when it is time to go to sleep for the night.
Exercise, limiting caffeine and starting relaxing bedtime rituals are all great places for seniors to start. However, there are also dietary changes that seniors can make to help them get a better night of rest. Here are a few healthy foods that every senior should consider adding to their diet if they want to start getting a better night of sleep.
A bowl of oatmeal is a great low-calorie, high-fiber treat that is filled with magnesium, silicon, phosphorous and potassium. These are all healthy nutrients that can help seniors body function the way it is supposed to so seniors can get the rest they need each and every night.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates. They can be eaten alone or mashed with honey as a great snack or treat. Why complex carbohydrates? They can help increase tryptophan levels which are important for getting a good night of rest.
A healthy serving of fresh fruit can help seniors develop tryptophan, an important amino acid that can help induce sleep. This is also an acid that is converted into serotonin which can help promote sleepiness and encourage muscle relaxation. Good fruits to add to any senior’s diet include apples, cherries and bananas.
- Nuts and Nut Butter
Nuts and nut butter, within reason, can be a great source of protein and magnesium. This can promote muscle relaxation. Plus, the protein can help increase serotonin levels and help seniors get a good night of sleep. A handful of almonds is a great snack as is organic almond or peanut butter on a piece of fruit or whole grain toast.
Avocados are one of the most powerful super foods on the planet, so it should come as no surprise that they are part of a healthy sleeping diet. Avocados are filled with heart healthy fats that can help boost serotonin levels and can actually help you drift off to sleep better.
Keep these foods on hand and help your senior loved one introduce them into their diet so they can continue to get the great quality sleep they deserve each and every night.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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