Your Retreat: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleepby monica on March 22nd, 2019
Your day has come. You’re ready to retire from the hectic work-a-day world. Or, maybe you want to work part-time or spend some time doing volunteer work. Whatever your circumstances, it’s finally your time. Now you can get more out of the best years of your life.
One of the many perks of retirement is getting in a little bit more sleep. Without the stress of your job to deal with, you can experience the joy of getting more time sleeping– on average about 20 minutes more.
But, a lot of us have sleeping issues. If you have difficulty falling and staying asleep there are steps you can take to get better and more zzzz’z.
Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
We all know how not sleeping well can mess with you. Here are some recommendations for sleeping better.
Naptime: Put a Lid on It
Say no to daytime naps, especially if your naps typical turn into marathon snoozes. if you can’t resist a nap, make sure it’s just a refresher, no longer than 20 minutes.
Get some exercise during the day, whether it’s going to the gym, following an at-home exercise program or taking a fast-paced walk. Anything you can do to move about during the day generally translates to better sleep.
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Mellow-Out Before Bed
- Quit caffeine and alcohol several hours before bedtime. Depending on your tolerance, put them away caffeinated drinks no later than mid-afternoon and avoid drinking.
- Put the screens away. Turn the TV and devices away because they stimulate your brain.
- Develop a bedtime routine. Get your body attuned to a regular sleep regimen. Read yourself to mellowness or take a relaxing soak in the tub before bed.
Keep a Routine
Try to stick to a sleep routine, going to bed at the same time every night and getting up in the morning at a consistent time. Your body will come to expect it and be able to oblige you by following the routine.
The Nose Knows
Use a diffuser with calming scents that will help you sleep naturally. Avoid non-natural air fresheners that can cause allergies.
Keep Your Phone at a Distance
Put your cell phone a minimum of three feet from you; it is said that you’ll otherwise absorb your phone’s electromagnetic frequencies, which can stimulate your nervous system. Also, if you use an alarm clock turn it away from you or dim it.
Make a Good Bed
Follow some basic rules so your bed can do its part in letting you have a good sleep.
- Get a good mattress that fits your comfy zone: the hardness level you like, no sag in its middle, and the comfort you need for an undisturbed sleep.
- Use cotton sheets that let your body breathe so you don’t sweat.
- Choose a pillow for how you sleep: on your side, your back or your stomach.
Let There Be Less Light
Blackout drapes can do wonders for sleep. Light can hinder sleep, and thick drapes you can’t see through can make a big difference. Get them over-sized so you can totally blot out light.
Keep it Cool
At bedtime be sure to turn the temp down. Cool is more conducive to sleep, so lower or turn off the thermostat before you go to sleep.
Simplify the Bedroom
Our owner’s suites come with options, so you can personalize the bedroom to fit your preferences. It’s your opportunity to ensure the bedroom helps relax:
- Use calming colors with cooler or neutral tones like shades of blue, gray and brown. If you want a bright color in there somewhere, use it as an accent color.
- Make the room as simple as possible with items and furnishings you need but avoid having too much “stuff”. We’re going for soothing, not stimulating.
- Hang window shutters and drapes that will keep the light out when you’re trying to go to sleep.
We Asked. You Answered. We Followed Through.
At this point in life, you know what you want, and what you don’t want. We’ve responded by creating homes and communities that people 55+ look for. Amenities like you’d enjoy at a resort, but every day and homes designed to fit the lifestyle beautifully.
Here is a sampling:
Creekside at BethPage in the Brier Creek 55+ Community
Creekside makes the most of the North Carolina natural beauty. This resort-like retreat offers amenities to suit your mood, whether its action or relaxation. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to sleep well at night:
- Trail System
- Community Garden
- Tennis Courts
- Fitness Center
- Pickleball Courts
- Bocce Ball
- Dog Park
1,660 Sq. Ft. | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2 Garage | 1 Story
The Pioneer plan model home in Creekside in Creekside, NC was professionally decorated, creating an owner’s suite with details that sooth and calm. Warm gray is the main theme, furnishings are simple and uncluttered, and the graceful bay window is ideal for thick drapes.
Skyestone in Broomfield, CO
Skyestone, a dynamic master-planned active lifestyle 55+ community, embraces the outdoors. Set against a backdrop of the Rockies, the community offers fresh air, incredible beauty, well-design Colorado-style homes, and a slew of vacation-like amenities:
- The Lodge amenity and social center
- Lounge, well-being center and catering kitchen
- Designer swimming pool, sundeck and hot tub
- Miles of hiking, biking or running trails
- Parks and green spaces
2,035 Sq. Ft. | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1 Half Bath |2 Garage | 1 Story
Take the virtual tour of this home for sale in Broomfield, CO, and you’ll come to the owner’s suite. The bedroom is dressed in rich brown tones with comfy chairs and thick drapes. This bedroom provides direct access to the large covered patio.
A Great Life
Don’t sacrifice any zzzz’s. With a little thought and planning, you can get the sleep you need and the life you would love. Get the active lifestyle that will keep you moving forward, create a calming environment in your bedroom, and follow the rest of the steps presented here and you could enjoy some sleep worthy of a baby.