The American Academy of Sleep Medicine defines insufficient sleep as less than the 7 hours of sleep recommended for adults. The study was made up of 29 adults between the ages of 61-86. During the study the participants experienced a restricted sleep time of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. This is an accurate portrayal of the sleep restrictions that adults encounter every day, as sleep does not always come first in their busy lives.
Part of getting a healthy night’s sleep is making sure that sleep a priority in your life, as well as practicing smart sleeping habits. These habits include:
- Establish a regular bed and wake time.
- Avoid nicotine altogether and avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Exercise regularly, but complete the workout at least three hours before bedtime.
- Establish a consistent, relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine.
- Create a sleep-conductive environment that is dark, quiet, and comfortable.
- Try to avoid televisions, computers, tablets, and smart phones in the bedroom.
- Discuss the appropriate way to take any sleep aid with a healthcare professional.
By implementing these healthy habits, you could be sleeping the wrinkles away.