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Is Your Senior Dealing with More than One Problem as a Result of Insomnia?

By Denise Roskamp

Insomnia is incredibly common among older adults. Your elderly family member might have trouble sleeping at all or even just staying asleep once she gets there. If she's really unlucky, your senior family member might experience a combination of all of these issues.

Getting to Sleep Takes Much Longer

Your aging adult might mention that it is taking her longer and longer to fall asleep at night. This can be annoying, of course, but it can also leave her tossing and turning when she would rather be asleep. Establishing a bedtime routine can help with this, especially if your senior's insomnia isn't a result of a medical concern. The bedtime routine helps her body and her brain get into the groove of getting ready for bed and falling asleep because it all becomes a pattern.

She's Awake Often throughout the Night

Another type of insomnia might have your senior able to fall asleep quite easily. Staying asleep, on the other hand, is another story. Whether she's waking up once or twice or multiple times during the night, this means that your senior has interrupted sleep all night long. This is dramatically different than simply waking up in order to use the bathroom. When this happens, your senior is suddenly just awake for no reason.

She Wakes up Too Early and Tired

Your senior may be able to get to sleep and even stay asleep, but how early is she waking up on her own? It's possible that your elderly family member is waking up incredibly early without an alarm and that the culprit is insomnia. When your elderly family member does wake up, a good indicator of whether this is insomnia or simply an early wakeup is to determine how tired she still is. If she's waking up extremely early, can't go back to sleep, and is tired, then it's insomnia.

She's Sleepy All Day Long

If your aging adult is sleepy all day long, even though she feels as if she's getting enough sleep, there might be more going on. It's possible that she's not sleeping very deeply, which means she's not getting the restful sleep that she needs. This can leave her feeling tired all day long. To really get to the bottom of this one, she might need a sleep study to be sure.

Having a strong routine during the day can help your senior battle insomnia when it isn't a medical issue. Working with elderly care providers and other family members can help you to formulate and stick to a routine that works.

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