Sleep is something that everyone needs in order to maintain health and overall well-being. Some seniors find sleep difficult to come by, though. If that’s the case for your senior, there may be some practical solutions you can adjust to meet her needs.
She Doesn’t Have a Bedtime Routine
Bedtime routines are usually the first problem you can solve for your senior. These are important because the routine itself serves as a series of cues for your senior’s brain and body that it’s time to go to sleep. Alongside a daytime routine, she should be just tired enough that her bedtime routine eases her into a good night’s sleep. If she doesn’t have routines at all, it’s usually helpful to start with the bedtime one.
There’s No Daytime Routine, Either
Daytime routines like getting up by a certain time, eating breakfast and lunch earlier in the day, and even getting exercise if she’s okay to do so all help with sleep. Getting enough fuel and activity during the day helps her to do what she needs to do at night, which is to rest and to recharge. Work with your senior to find a daytime routine that checks all her boxes and that eases her into her new bedtime routines.
Health Issues Are Causing Problems
Some health issues can do a lot of damage to your elderly family member’s sleeping habits. Pain in particular can be awful for her. Some, like sleep apnea, can wake her up multiple times a night. Make sure that you talk with your senior’s doctor about how her health conditions might be affecting her sleep. There may be more that you can do to help with those health issues and therefore help her to sleep better.
Medications Are Interfering
Medications might be the answer that your senior’s doctor has suggested, but beware that some have side effects that can interfere with decent sleep. Make sure that you and your senior understand the potential side effects and how the medications affect her. If the side effects are particularly bad, she may need a different treatment for her health conditions.
If your senior is having trouble sleeping there’s a lot for you to look into and to adjust. Routines are difficult to get used to, but senior care providers can help a great deal, especially when you need to be elsewhere or when you need some shuteye. Sleep issues are definitely something that you can resolve.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Whiting, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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