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CAM therapies for sleep disturbances in older adults


Getting a good night’s sleep is a wonderful feeling for any child or adult who is able to rest peacefully under the covers on their bed, and feel revitalised and ready for the day ahead of them. Regular sleep is essential towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and effectively recharging the batteries after a long, arduous day at the workplace or rigorous exercise.

The luxury of peaceful sleep is sadly not felt by older adults who suffer from sleep disturbances which make them unable to rest or sleep for the number of hours required.
Insomnia is the most common disorder experienced by older adults which not only negatively alters the quality of life they can enjoy, but also has no straightforward medication that their health care provider can prescribe to eradicate the problem. It has led to extensive research and clinical trials into the use of complimentary and alternative medicines (CAM) which are tailored towards the treatment of sleep disorders. Receiving next day delivery with Bedstar can be the perfect step towards enjoying peaceful, rest-free sleep every night, but even a good quality, comfortable bed may not be enough to provide an all-important cure for older adults who should not suffer in silence or pain.

Research into hormones and biological chemicals may be the best action to take in order to find a conclusive breakthrough in the battle against sleep disorders. Supplements which contain melatonin have been proven to help people who suffer from insomnia fall asleep faster, sleep better and for longer. The hormone is synthesised by the pineal gland located in the centre of the brain which regulates a human’s sleep-wake cycle on a daily basis. Animals and plants provide an excellent source of melatonin which is an effective agent towards treating circadian phase disorders. Taking melatonin supplements can also help with sleep problems caused by irregular shift patterns and jet lag, but more research is required to conclusively declare whether increasing an older adult’s melatonin levels will safely treat their respective sleep disorder.

Herbal remedies have often been linked with the treatment of illnesses and disorders to decrease pain and stress levels that can allow older adults to enjoy a better life. They are usually available in the form of a tea that is packed with anti-oxidants and other herbs that can be effective in treating insomnia. The root of valerian is believed to contain sedative properties that can help with the onset of sleep and establishing stable sleep maintenance every day. More research is required to discover the root’s long-term safety and effectiveness towards sleep disorders, but it could provide an encouraging sign for older adults. Chamomile has been used to treat insomnia, with other herbal teas including lemon balm or passion flower believed to be a dietary supplementary that acts as an effective ‘sleep formula’.

The traditional Chinese medication of acupuncture is often referred to in the treatment of pain and stress relief, but it can also be used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Inserting very fine needles into specific points of the body can influence the functioning of the body, with the use of a small electrical stimulus or heat created by burning specific herbs accompanying the procedure. Preliminary clinical trials has shown that acupuncture offers a promising form of treatment for insomnia, although further research is required to understand whether it is a conclusive treatment for sleep disorders.



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