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Why Do I Feel Stiff When I Wake up? 7 Tips for Relief

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Cantissimo Senior Living Mar 5, 2021 10:05:09 AM
Why Do I Feel Stiff When I Wake up? 7 Tips for Relief

Do you often wake up feeling stiff or aching? Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because of your sore and stiff muscles? This is very common and often referred to as morning stiffness. Even though it is common, many people don't understand the causes of morning stiffness or how to avoid it. Many people think it solely has to do with getting older and the aging of the body. While this can certainly be a reason and a normal occurrence, aging is, more often than not, unlikely to be the reason for morning stiffness.

The most common cause of morning stiffness is tight muscles or worn and tired joints. Muscle tightness can often be mistaken for joint pain. These symptoms can also be an indication of arthritis or inflammation, but that is not always the case.

The fact is that joints do not always age at the same rate as the rest of the body. They can age faster due to wear and tear, or they can age more slowly if they are taken care of properly. Typically, overweight people are more subject to having worn joints and feeling stiff in the morning. Cartilage works as the cushioning of your joints. As your joints age, cartilage dries out and stiffens. As cartilage dries out, your joints also lose necessary lubrication, which also contributes to morning stiffness. This leads to tightness in the morning, stiff tendons, and weakened muscles. It is very difficult to reverse the symptoms of aging joints. Still, there are different things that you can do to reduce morning stiffness and the aging of your joints.

8 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Best Sleep

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 27, 2021 9:54:45 AM
8 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Best Sleep

We all know that good sleep is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Yet, many of us suffer from poor sleep quality, which results in feeling tired throughout the day and adversely affects our health. If you feel like you aren't getting your best possible sleep, you have come to the right place! In this article, we will go through eight reasons you might not be getting optimal sleep and how to correct the issues. Hopefully, you can make the appropriate changes and receive the quality sleep that you deserve.

     1. Check the Room's Temperature

Your bedroom temperature has a significant effect on your sleep quality. If your bedroom temperature is too cold or way too hot, it will undoubtedly harm your sleep. We often want to cut our energy costs, which means we turn down our thermostat during the winter and minimize the air conditioning during the summer. While this might positively affect our wallets, it can significantly hurt our sleep. Experts recommend keeping your bedroom temperature somewhere between 65 and 72 degrees at night.

A bedroom that is too hot results in sleep that isn't refreshing at all, and a bedroom that is too cold will wake you up. For this reason, you should think carefully about the temperature of your bedroom.

Tip: Keep your bedroom temperature between 65 to 72 degrees at night.

     2. Stress and Worry

Stress and worry is the most common reason for inadequate sleep. If your mind is filled with anxiety, it can overwhelm you when you have settled into your bed. This can make it impossible for you to truly rest and fall asleep, significantly influencing how well-rested you feel in the morning.

Tip: Think about how you can combat your stress and worries. For example, this could be by doing daily meditation, practicing yoga, or writing down your concerns before going to bed.

An Elephant's Envy: 7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 20, 2021 12:21:23 PM
An Elephant's Envy: 7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

If there is one thing that all humans have in common, it is that we are all getting older. Since we are not alone in aging, we all tend to face the same aging challenges. One of those challenges that we may one day face is memory loss. In fact, about 1 in 9 adults over 45 report some issues with memory and recall. It is common, and it happens to the best of us. Though we all know what they say about misery loving company, wouldn't it be great if there were some steps we could take that could help us save our memory? Below are seven tips for seniors to aid in boosting memory.

7 Tips to Keep Your Immune System Healthy This Winter

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 4, 2021 11:05:21 AM
7 Tips to Keep Your Immune System Healthy This Winter

Every winter, flu season comes around, and we can find ourselves fighting off a revolving door of sickness. Now with COVID-19 being thrown into the mix, strengthening our immune system is more important than ever. As older adults, we are more likely to catch whatever is going around, be sick longer, and have more severe symptoms than younger ones. Taking these tips to improve your immune system will help you get through this winter season healthier than ever before.

Winter is Coming: Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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Cantissimo Senior Living Dec 21, 2020 11:18:38 AM
Winter is Coming: Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This year has been one for the books, and the COVID-19 pandemic has a considerable effect on our holidays and how we spend them. Unlike past years, many older adults will not be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones, and this may be affecting your mood. So, is this gloomy mood due to this crazy year, or could it be something more?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that comes in cycles with the seasons. You may notice that you begin to feel less motivated, have a suppressed appetite, and don't engage with the things and people you love as much as you used to. As the days get colder and shorter, your circadian rhythms, or your internal clock telling you when to wake up and go to bed, get out of balance. In turn, this can affect your hormone regulation, which leads to the feelings associated with depression. 

People who live farther away from the equator, and those with anxiety or bipolar disorder are more likely to be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder than other individuals. If you have been feeling depressed and it has lasted for more than a few weeks, you may want to try taking some steps to combat this and speak to your doctor about additional options to help you feel better this winter season.  

Review the following six tips to help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder this winter season:

Top 6 Ways to Stay Healthy as You Age

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Resolve Pain Guru Dec 1, 2020 10:55:55 AM
Top 6 Ways to Stay Healthy as You Age

We’d love to share with you six pillars of health that date back thousands of years and come from the world of Ayurveda known as the medicine of yoga

The Six Pillars are meant to be incorporated into your daily life to help you stay healthy, vibrant, and maintain your independence. After all, this is the time of life to travel, play with grandkids, volunteer in your community, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. 

The human body/mind has some pretty basic requirements to maintain energy, proper elimination, and stress resiliency. These practices are simple and easy and will support you to feel great!

What are the Best Sleeping Positions for Older Adults?

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Cantissimo Senior Living Nov 5, 2020 12:34:43 PM
What are the Best Sleeping Positions for Older Adults?

Sleep is vital when growing up, and the same is true as we age. However, for older adults, sleeping patterns frequently change. Often, older adults begin experiencing trouble falling asleep or waking up. Others struggle to reach a state of deep sleep. That said, when this happens, don't assume it's a normal part of aging. These could be symptoms of insomnia or other sleep-related conditions. Therefore, ensuring you receive a good night's sleep is important and needs to be consistent, just like when you were younger.

Through a good night's sleep, your mental health and memory improve. Your body can repair worn-out cells and tissues, and your immune is refreshed. With this, your body can better fight diseases and stay healthy. On the other hand, a poor night's sleep can make you susceptible to memory problems, attention issues, and even depression. Further, it leads to a sense of fatigue during the day and worsened focus.

Best Sleeping Positions for Older Adults

If you want to enhance your sleep quality and health, your sleeping position may be a great place to start. For a full and restorative sleep, consider changing to one of the following recommended sleep positions:

10 Health-Boosting Powers of Drinking Tea

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 28, 2020 11:28:42 AM
10 Health-Boosting Powers of Drinking Tea

Behind only water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. But when you take a sip of tea, are you aware of how many gifts you may be giving yourself?

Drinking hot tea can raise your spirit and even help keep your body strong and healthy. With that, the question arises, what types of tea should you be drinking? Teas are not all created equally, and depending on your goals, you should choose the type that best fits your needs. For this purpose, we have created a list of some popular styles of tea and their associated benefits. Let's start with why you should be drinking tea:

5 Benefits of a Full Night's Sleep for Older Adults

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 8, 2020 5:46:01 PM
5 Benefits of a Full Night's Sleep for Older Adults

Sleep is essential for health, especially as we age. Many things can interfere with the sleep patterns of an adult. According to Sleephealth.org, "It is estimated that sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes." Sleeping is the time to rest and rejuvenate as the mind and body recover from a long hectic day. Studies have shown that older adults need to sleep for eight hours as sufficient sleep contributes to many facets of health and wellness.

Our bodies undergo several changes as we age, such as producing lower levels of hormones. As a result, we experience a reduction in slow-wave or deep sleep. When the body experiences this, it will produce melatonin, which means continuously experiencing difficulty sleeping, and waking up often during the night. Therefore, it is increasingly important as we age to ensure we get sufficient sleep.

Read on for 5 of the top benefits of getting a full night's sleep as an older adult:

SomaYoga Nidra: Nervous System Recharge

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Resolve Pain Guru Sep 28, 2020 1:01:33 PM
SomaYoga Nidra: Nervous System Recharge

Resolve Pain Guru has been teaching classes called SomaYoga Nidra. It is a blissful combination of somatic movement re-education (moving meditation) followed by a deeply restful guided Yoga Nidra practice. It really is an intelligent combination to support nervous system recharge.

As mentioned in our recent blog postSix Ingredients to Optimal Healing – it is important to counteract chronic nervous system over-stimulation and the effects of stress in order to stay healthy.

Turning our Attention Inward

The most recent class was on clearing the external clutter and excessive sensory stimulation that occupies our minds, leading to agitation, tension, and pain in our somas. The class practices shifting our sensory awareness from external to internal.

As we practice turning our attention inward, sensing, and feeling (known as Pratyahara in yoga), we begin to release the accumulated sensory impressions that show up in our somas. This process results in a quieting of the mind, a calming of the nervous system, and a release of muscular tension that keeps our brains racing with agitation and dis-ease.