The average adult should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night in order to stay healthy. There are plenty of individuals who assume they can get by just fine on four or five hours of sleep, or even less, when necessary. Many parents of infants and toddlers go through sleep deprivation and grow accustomed to the problem. However, even though they may learn to acclimate to this lack of sleep, it is not doing anything to benefit their health.
For seniors, especially those who were recently hospitalized, sleep becomes just as important to the recovery process as anything else they do. Sleep is so important for people of all ages, including seniors, because it allows the body to rest and recuperate.
It also gives the brain an opportunity to refresh.
If a person was recently hospitalized following injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, they may have suffered broken bones, lacerations, and other injuries. When they have those bones set, a cast is put on their leg or perhaps their arm, and they have basically been directed by their doctor to take it easy for a while, if they don’t sleep well, if they are suffering from insomnia, or are feeling the side effects of certain medications that make it difficult for them to sleep, they need to speak up to their doctor.
They need to let him or her know what is going on because if they don’t, their body is simply not getting the full opportunity to recuperate.
If a person has been directed to exercise, sleep becomes even more essential.
Exercise uses up calories. It consumes energy and vital nutrients. Some of that energy is recuperated during the sleep phase. If a person only gets a couple of hours of sleep at night or has fitful rest, they will likely wake up feeling run down, fatigued, and low on energy.
Suddenly, the desire to exercise once again, even though it could be crucial to the recovery process, is much lower. When a person is having difficulty sleeping soundly through the night, they should consult their doctor because there may be other strategies to be implemented to help them relax, unwind, and allow their body to slip down into the circadian rhythm of sleep.
Anyone who is not sleeping well and is trying to recover after hospitalization may actually be reducing the chances of a healthy and strong recovery.
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Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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