Ask Dr. Q – Summer 2024

Ask Dr Q Summer 2024

“Ask Dr. Q.” gives OurSeniors readers a chance to get expert answers to specific senior-related health questions. Dr. Steven Quaning is Medical Director and Chief Physician at Metro Health, a network of medical practices dedicated to senior care. He is Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine, medical care specifically aimed at seniors. In our “Ask Dr. Q” feature, readers have an opportunity to get answers to specific senior medical questions. Here are some examples-

Q? How do APRNs benefit patients?

Answer. APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses) have completed extensive clinical training, making them well-qualified to provide basic medical care. There is a growing shortage of MDs, and these practitioners can fill the gap. Nurse practitioners are often more available than medical doctors, and you can typically get an appointment sooner. They often spend more time with you during your visit. This allows MDs to spend time dealing with more serious medical problems.

Treatment by APRNs gives the patient high-quality, lower cost, and quickly available medical care. MetroHealth is blessed to have a staff that includes both MDs and dedicated nurse practitioners.

Q? How important is better sleep to your health?

Answer. Few things are more important to good health than sleep. Prioritizing good sleep contributes significantly to your overall health and well-being. Insufficient or poor-quality sleep increases the risk of various health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, obesity, and dementia. Older adults still need the same amount of sleep, but unfortunately, sleep quality may decline with age. This makes it especially important for seniors to maintain good sleep habits. These habits include sticking to a consistent schedule (go to bed and get up at the same time each day.) Create a sleep-friendly environment by keeping your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows. Avoid heavy meals and caffeine before going to bed. Limit nap time to 20 or 30 minutes a day and get sufficient exercise. Try to turn off TV and computer screens an hour before bedtime. The blue spectrum of light from these screens disrupts your day/night balance. There is room for variance, but most sleep experts say that 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night are needed. If you sleep more or less, or if you are still tired after sleeping, talk to your doctor. He or she can check for conditions like sleep apnea and help get you into a better sleep pattern.


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