As we age, sleep becomes more important than ever — and quite possibly harder to attain. We may find it harder to stay asleep during the night, and find ourselves needing more naps during the day as we get older.
Sleep is a vital rest period that allows the body to process memories, recover from physical or mental stress, and heal and repair. Essentially, it’s the body’s “recovery mode.”
However, aging causes a number of changes in the way we sleep. Research studies have found that older adults sleep less during the night, require more daytime naps, wake more frequently during the night, and have less restorative slow wave sleep than their younger selves. 
However, older adults still require just as much sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults up to age 60 need 7 or more hours of sleep per night, 61-64 year olds need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and people 65 and older need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. 
That’s where “sleep hygiene” comes in. Sleep hygiene refers to the factors in your control that can help improve your sleep. If you’re struggling to fall asleep or get enough sleep, implementing some of these changes may help you get the rest you need.
In this article, we’ll review:
- Several sleep hygiene strategies that may help you sleep better — like establishing a routine, improving your sleep environment, exercising regularly, spending time outside in the sunlight daily, and limiting the use of blue light-emitting devices,
- And how the supplement SeroLastin may help you relax and rest.
1. Build a routine
Routine is extremely important. For the best sleep, you should try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each and every day — including weekends.
This helps regulate your Circadian rhythm, which controls the timing of wakefulness-promoting hormones and rest-promoting hormones. 
One way to help build this consistency is to have a set bedtime routine each night. Over time, your body will come to associate these habits with bed and you may find yourself starting to get sleepy as you begin this nightly routine. Some examples of habits you can include in your nightly routine are: oral care, skin care, setting your alarm, getting dressed for bed, and reading a book.
2. Create the right environment
In addition to sticking to a routine and having a consistent sleep schedule, creating an environment that’s conducive to sleep is extremely important.
For the best sleep, your room should be completely dark — so try to keep the TV off, keep the curtains closed, and unplug or power down devices that glow or light up.
Additionally, ambient noise like that of a fan can help you sleep better by drowning out background noises that may otherwise keep you asleep. If you don’t have a fan or if it would make you too cool, you can purchase an inexpensive sound machine or use your smartphone to play sleep sounds.
If you’re able, you may need to invest in a more comfortable and supportive mattress, blackout curtains, or a sleep mask to help create a better sleep environment.
If you toss and turn for what seems like hours before you finally fall asleep each night, you may benefit from adding some vigorous exercise to your daily routine.
One review of studies found that adults over 40 who participated in a daily exercise program fell asleep more quickly each night than their counterparts who didn’t exercise.
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, we should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. With just 25 minutes per day, you can easily meet this goal — and you may fall asleep faster too.
4. Spend time outside during the day and limit blue light at night
Blue light from the sun’s rays are one of the most significant regulators of Circadian rhythm. Unfortunately, digital devices like televisions, phones, tablets, and computers also emit blue light — and we typically spend much more time in front of blue light emitting devices than we do outside in the sun.
It’s possible that blue light from these devices can disrupt your Circadian rhythm, which may contribute to sleep problems. This is especially true if you use digital devices at night. Melatonin, the “sleep hormone” is triggered by darkness, so blue light exposure may affect the timing of this hormone.
The solution? Spend time outside in the sun each day. Open your blinds to let sunlight in each morning, or go for a brisk walk outside to get sunlight exposure and exercise in one. At night, try to limit your use of digital devices. Opt for a physical book instead of an ebook reader, turn on the blue light filtering settings on your phone, or use blue light blocking glasses.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to avoid all digital devices in the 30 minutes to one hour leading up to bedtime.
6. Take SeroLastin every day
One more strategy that may help you sleep better and feel more relaxed is to take SeroLastin, a supplement that was specifically designed by Juvenon to promote relaxation and restfulness.
Using several powerful ingredients, this blend may help boost your body’s ability to make serotonin, the “happy hormone” — which can help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. This could help you sleep better, especially if you have trouble getting to sleep because your mind races at night.
In fact, some research indicates that sleep disorders related to aging may be a result of declines in serotonin activity in the brain. Researchers have also noted that serotonin has beneficial effects on Circadian rhythm, promoting both sleep and wakefulness when you need them.
Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient that’s found in large amounts in animal foods like meat. It plays over 100 unique roles in the body, including regulating brain function. It’s a necessary part of the process that converts the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin.[10, 11]
Like vitamin B6, folate is necessary for the production of serotonin. This essential nutrient is found naturally in many plant foods.
However, most supplements contain a form of folate that is not well-absorbed by a significant chunk of the population with a mutation of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. SeroLastin contains 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, which is well-absorbed by people with and without this gene mutation.
People take B12 supplements or receive B12 shots to help with their energy, but — paradoxically — vitamin B12 may help you relax, too. It is another nutrient that plays a role in serotonin production.
Researchers have also found that your vitamin B12 status may affect how well you sleep, too. One small study found that people with the highest blood vitamin B12 levels reported better sleep quality, but more research is needed to fully flesh out these findings.
Saffron is a highly-prized medicinal herb with a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine. In fact, it is one of the single most expensive herbs money can buy.
Studies have shown that saffron can be equally as effective at boosting serotonin levels as a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).[16, 17]
Likewise, several recent studies and clinical trials have investigated the effect of saffron on sleep. Researchers have noted that a dose of 14 mg or more of saffron extract per day increases sleep time, reduces how long it takes to fall asleep, and improves sleep quality.[18, 19, 20]
What’s more, the type of saffron used in many of these trials — Affron — is the same type in SeroLastin. And, SeroLastin contains a clinically effective dose of 28 mg of Affron per serving.
The herb Ashwagandha — used traditionally in Indian herbal medicine — is an adaptogen. It helps your body to adapt better to stressors.
Researchers have found that it also helps to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. Several high-quality studies have illustrated the link between ashwagandha and improved sleep.[21, 22, 23]
Studies showed results with 120 mg of ashwagandha, and SeroLastin contains 125 mg of ashwagandha per serving.
Alpinia galanga root
A. galanga is a close relative of ginger. It has been shown in animal studies to improve brain function and reduce mental fatigue. The addition of A. galanga in SeroLastin may help you to be more productive and energized during the day, so you can rest easy at night.
Sleep changes as we age, but unfortunately sleep requirements do not. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or feeling rested after you wake up, making some tweaks to your sleep hygiene may help you get the restorative sleep you need.
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each night, and build a bedtime routine so that your body knows when it’s time to sleep. Likewise, make sure you have a comfortable, dark, and quiet sleep environment.
Exercise has been shown to help reduce how long it takes to fall asleep in older adults, so it’s also a good idea to include exercise in your daily routine. It also provides numerous other health benefits.
Additionally, spending time outdoors and limiting digital blue light at night can help to regulate your Circadian rhythm.
Finally, Juvenon’s SeroLastin can help give you a natural serotonin boost so you feel more relaxed and so sleep comes easier. Although some age-related sleep changes may be out of your control, there are many things you can do to make sure you’re getting the rest you need to stay healthy and live your fullest life possible.
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