Today's HealthNews For You – Duration of Sleep Can Increase Risk of Falling


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Duration of Sleep Can Increase Risk of Falling

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In today’s news we look at the association between sleep and falls.

Falls rank as the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury and death worldwide.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 older adults fall each year, and over 600,000 people die as a result, most of them aged 65 years and older.

Research studies revealed sleep duration (both short and long), poor sleep quality, insomnia and other sleep disturbances were associated with an increased risk of recurrent falls.

Sleep disturbances have a direct influence on falls and fractures by influencing bone turnover and muscle strength.

Here are some helpful tips to promote a good nights sleep.
1. Avoid watching TV or using your computer/smartphone or tablet at least an hour before going to bed.

2. Make sure you get bright sun exposure regularly.

3. Sleep in complete darkness.

4. Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F.

5. Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime.

Along with addressing sleeping habits, it is important to incorporate daily exercise to improve balance, coordination and strength which can significantly reduce your chances of falling.

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