Can walking help you sleep?

Living as a senior citizen comes with various challenges.  Some mornings I wake up with a pain I did not have the day before.  Other mornings, I find myself feeling a little anxious about an upcoming medical test, or just plain nervousness due to “who knows what?”

On occasion, my sleep is affected by nervousness (the latter occurrences).   I do find, however, that taking a 30 minute walk calms me down; makes my aches and pains more manageable, and I also sleep better during the night.

  • A recent study suggests that moving can enhance our sleep patterns, and,  in this case,  walking fits the bill.  It turns out that we do not have to work out strenuously in order to gain the benefit of a good night’s sleep.  Taking more steps during our monthly activity can give us better sleep quality. That’s welcome news for those of us who do not have the physical ability or time to do more intense routines.
  • In past posts we also learned that walking can help those of us with arthritis feel better and reduce pain.

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That annoying CPAP machine/mask

This picture is somewhat of an exaggeration   However, I am sure some of us feel like we are  from another planet when we strap ourselves into a CPAP mask before retiring to get a ‘good night’s sleep‘.  It seems rather odd that this type of discomfort can actually be good for you.  So I took it upon myself to find out what the risks are associated with not using the CPAP mask, and if there are times when a little vacation from this routine is OK. Click the links for detailed information .

The Risk of not using your CPAP

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Sleep Apnea Issues

It’s actually no laughing matter, and  quite embarrassing for people who have loud snoring problems.  It is also difficult for those people who are subjected to hearing the noise and disruption. In both cases,  Sleep Apnea interferes with getting a good nights sleep.

Oddly enough, the person doing the snoring is in danger of all types of issues,  which may result from this condition.
Some are listed below:

  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping often followed by snoring or  gasping for air
  • High blood pressure
  • Daytime Tiredness
  • Nighttime sweats
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning
  • Morning headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Depression or Anxiety

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For Women: Are 10,000 Steps a Day Necessary?

Today I am celebrating 24 years since I had open heart surgery. Yes!

Walking is a really personal gift to me.  What do I mean?  After my surgery, I asked my Cardiologist,  “what type of exercise can I do?”  He recommended that I walk, which seemed easy enough to do.

However, the truth was,  after the surgery I did not have the strength to walk across a street by myself. At that point, I promised myself and the forces that guide us that if given the future opportunity to walk, I would make sure to honor that ability.
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Baby Boomers and Dementia

 

I recently had the benefit of attending a talk about dementia and how to plan and live with this challenging condition/disease.

Dr. Tia Powell has written a book, “Dementia Reimagined …” . She weaves  in some of  her personal story as a means of inviting us to have a conversation about this  life changing condition.  Both her grandmother and mother had dementia.

Just two startling facts I learned  are that  10% of  Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964)  over the age of 65, and 50% of Boomers  85 and older  are expected to have some experience of dementia.  The longer we live, the more likely we may become subject to this condition/disease.

In addition, Dr. Powell discusses a positive approach to preparing to live with the possibility of dementia in our later years.  The glass is  half full and not a  more dismal half-empty outlook. She encourages us to “take on” this challenge to a life with “dignity and planning“.

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