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Finding the Solution to Your Loved One’s Sleep Problems

By Denise Roskamp

Elder Care in Lincoln MA

As we get older, we may find it more challenging to fall asleep like we once could. Instead of falling asleep the moment our head hits the pillow, it may take us several minutes or hours to finally get the rest we need. Sleep problems like this are a common occurrence among older adults. From having trouble falling asleep to waking up several times in the middle of the night, having a full night of rest may no longer seem possible.

Fortunately, there are ways your elderly parent can get more rest at night. It may take some additional comfort and care from an elder care provider, but here are a few tips for helping an aging loved one sleep soundly at night.

  • Have a routine. One of the most effective ways to get the body ready for sleep is to have a consistent bedtime schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will get the body used to this routine.
  • Relax. If you and your senior loved one just finished a stimulating activity before bed, getting them to go to sleep will seem like an impossible task. That is why it is so important that they relax and calm down prior to bedtime. Read a book, listen to soothing music, or take a bubble bath in order to relax.
  • The bedroom should only be for sleep. If your loved one associates their bedroom with their scrapbooking workspace or other activity, they will have problems falling and staying asleep. The elder’s room should be a quiet, dark space that they can rest in without noisy objects surrounding them. Turn off all noisy distractions an hour before bed, including the TV, radio, and computer.
  • Avoid taking naps. If your loved one takes lengthy naps in the afternoon, it will be especially hard to go to sleep. Try to avoid taking naps in order to feel more tired at bedtime.
  • Drink fewer fluids. Older adults who wake up frequently at night because they have to use their bathroom may be drinking fluids too close to bedtime. Instead, avoid drinking fluids two hours before going to sleep.
  • Refrain from alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages can actually disturb the REM cycle, so encourage your loved one to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.

Sleep is more important as we get older, but is often difficult to get. With these tips you should be able to help your loved one create a bedtime routine.

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/aging-affects-sleep#1

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN LINCOLN, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.