According to government figures, the number of people living today aged 60 or over across the globe has doubled since 1980. By 2050, it’s expected that the number of people aged 80 or more will quadruple to 395 million.*
Ageing well is no longer an aspiration, it really is a necessary thought process for us to address both as individuals and as a society.
At surface level, the thoughts around what it takes to age well aren’t hugely complex ideas, you might even describe them as being based on traditional wellbeing values. To give ourselves the best chance of ageing well we tend to think about eating well, our bone health, managing stress and keeping our brains and bodies as active and agile as possible.
We don’t so often think about role of sleep in our ageing wellbeing – but we should. As we get older (in the literal and figurative sense) we need to get much wiser to the interplay between our long term health and our sleep quality. While there’s no disputing the fact that our sleep changes as we age, we have to stop writing off sleep quality as an inevitable consequence of ageing.
Real wisdom is often to be found in not overlooking the basics. Regardless of our age, young or old, the foundation of good quality sleep is a good quality bed. So if your bed is getting old and wise in of itself, replace it.
Find traditionally handmade beds that are made using beautifully fine and soft natural fillings including sustainably sourced cotton when you buy from Millbrook Beds. After all, having been around for over 70 years ourselves, we know a thing or two about ageing well.
* Source: Public Health England, Public Health Matters blog https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2016/10/01/ageing-well-how-can-we-make-longer-lives-healthier/