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Want to Be a Better Family Caregiver? Get More Sleep

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Caregiver in Suwanee GA

By the end of the day, you’re exhausted and just want to sleep. But maybe all that runs through your mind are all the ways in which you felt like you could have been better at work, at home, and Caregiver-Suwanee-GAfor your elderly loved one. As a family caregiver, it’s really important that you’re always on top of your game and sleep is the best way to do that. Here are some ideas for getting more–and better–sleep.

Make Your Bedroom an Oasis

You’ve probably heard that you should keep your TV out of your bedroom and limit your device screen time before bed. But there are other things you can do to make your bedroom ideal for sleeping, too. Make your bed as comfortable as you can. If that means that you like lots of pillows, or only one, make those changes. You also need a cool, dark room so that you can get the best sleep possible. Experiment with changes now and again to find the right combination for you.

Give Yourself a Schedule

Another tip that sleep experts often mention is that you need to put yourself on a strict sleep schedule. What they mean is that if you go to bed and get up at the same time each and every day, your body gets used to that routine and rewards you for that. If you’re new to putting yourself on a schedule for sleep, start out by creating a routine before bed. Just like when you put your kids to bed and they need a glass of water and a story first, you need your own version. Whether you read before bed or simply follow a simple plan where you get ready for the next day, that routine helps signal your body that it’s time to wind down for the night.

Take Advantage of Spare Moments

If you’re not able to get a full night’s sleep every night, that’s still okay. Naps are fantastic for you and more doctors are recommending them. Take advantage of any time that you get to yourself to indulge and to make sure that your body is getting the rest that you need. When your elderly loved one’s home care providers are there, you can sneak off for a 20-minute snooze without worry or guilt.

Keep a Sleep Diary

Sometimes you can do everything right and still not feel like you’re getting enough sleep. But where’s the solution? One of the best ways for you to track down the cause of your poor sleep is to chart your sleep and to keep a sleep diary. Track everything from what and when you ate to how you felt during the day. Some people are even sensitive to weather changes, so be sure to include as much information as possible in your sleep diary.

Getting the best sleep that you can ensures that all aspects of your life benefit.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for caregiver services in Suwanee, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.

 

Source
http://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why.aspx