As we grow older, it may feel harder and harder to muster the energy we need to do the things we love. There are various reasons why this may be the case. For instance, recovering from an intensive surgery or illness may take a lot out of us and lead to reduced energy levels as our body is working doubly as hard to focus on repairing itself. Yet at other times, we may also be feeling more fatigued more often because we simply aren’t taking care of ourselves the way that we should. In this article, we’ll discuss various reasons why we may be feeling tired more often than not and cover some strategies to increase energy levels in seniors.
Getting Adequate Rest
The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting between 7-9 hours of rest per night. This number may drop to 7-8 hours for individuals aged 65 and above. Yet it is also important to realize that these numbers are only a recommendation. Some people may need more (or less) sleep every night to feel rested. The number of hours we need to rest may also change as we grow older! Hence, the best thing you can do is to record how you’re feeling every day after you wake up and make the necessary adjustments. Start with the recommended guidelines and adjust accordingly. For instance, if you slept for 7 hours last night but you’re still feeling exhausted, consider sleeping an additional 30 minutes tonight! Keep making the necessary adjustments until you’ve personalized your own sleep schedule and we guarantee you’ll feel even better every morning.
Take Physical Breaks
Sometimes, not doing things may make you feel more tired than you are. Strange, huh? If you’ve been indoors or in bed all day, a simple walk around the neighborhood in sunlight may invigorate you and recharge your physical and mental batteries. Give it a try!
It is vital to keep your body always hydrated. Not only for health reasons, but also because one of the symptoms of dehydration is a feeling of fatigue. Staying hydrated throughout the day promotes blood circulation and increases our metabolic rate. In this way, by drinking water, we are making it easier for our body to do things it wants to do and hence reducing feelings of tiredness or lethargy.
Active Senior Lifestyle at Discovery Village At Southlake
At Discovery Village At Southlake, we have created a community where residents have plenty of space to unwind and rebuild the energy reserves to do the things that they love. As part of our exclusive senior living programs, we also provide complimentary housekeeping and maintenance where we take care of all those mundane household chores for you so that you can fully focus on doing the things that you love. From dusting the furniture to doing the laundry, our professional services are fully dedicated to keeping your environment spick and span. We also assist with other activities, such as acts of daily living, if necessary.