Sleep: SF Explorers

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

Discussion Summary

The group responds to the question "What do you do or use to help you go to sleep at night?" Because of the individual nature of everyone's sleep patterns and practices, there are a variety of responses that fall into the following categories:


Good Practices for Sound Sleep

  • An afternoon nap improves memory and helps one to sleep at night.
  • Daily exercise is helpful.
  • Listen to Audible books at bedtime. 
  • Read the NextDoor blog before bed.
  • Meditate to settle the mind before retiring. 
  • Establish a ritual or routine as bedtime approaches.
  • No TV viewing right before bedtime.


Helpful Gadgets

  • White sound, rain sound, or other nature sounds
  • Wear a sleep mask to block light.
  • Relaxing music at bedtime, like Yo-Yo Ma's Box Cello Suites


Substances or Medications 

  •  A natural substance, like melatonin
  •  Prescription drugs
  • Tea with CBD 
  • Cannabis to relax before sleep


Tech devices

  • CPAP machine
  • Fitbit wearable
  • Other wearable tech devices that measure sleep dynamics



Lynn tells the group about a recently aired PBS science show on Sleep and Health (PBS Nova presentation “Mysteries of Sleep”) which peers more deeply into the sleeping brain. Members agree with her summary that REM activity during sleep is good for refreshing the brain. However, REM sleep tends to be shorter in duration and less frequent in older adults, so adopting some helpful hints and aids may help ameliorate that tendency.



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