Sleep is critical for everyone, including baby boomers but it’s not just the number of hours you’re bed, it’s also the quality of sleep you get while there. The real culprit of baby boomer sleep problems seems to be the architecture of sleep says a recent article by the New York Times.

While falling asleep is a problem, the bigger issue is staying asleep in order to reach stage 4 non-REM rest. This stage of sleep is critical for tissue repair, building bone and muscle as well as strengthening the immune system. Restless leg syndrome, menopause and sleep apnea are common health issues that can stand between you and a restful night’s sleep.  The good news is that there are ways to improve your chances of sleeping well.

Here are a few tips to help you get a better night’s sleep so you can be ready to host that party or pick out a pumpkin with your grandchildren.

  • Take the tv out of the bedroom or at least stop watching tv at least one hour before you go to bed.
  • Quit using your computer, phone or other devices one hour before hitting the hay.
  • Use earplugs or a white noise sound machine to drown out extraneous noise that might disturb you while sleeping.
  • If your partner snores or has disruptive sleep be sure to create a plan so each of you gets quality sleep.
  • Go to bed and rise at the same time every day.

In addition to the tips we’ve listed, we want to call out one in particular: staying active. Regular exercise has been shown to help you sleep more soundly, sleep longer as well as feel more awake during the day. Getting just 20-30 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 times a week can have a dramatic effect on the quality of sleep. The communities at Trilogy offer amenitites such as state-of-the-art gyms, pools and golf courses where our members stay active and fit. Be sure to check out this post on restorative sleep for more in-depth suggestions.