Sleep difficulties have been linked to cognitive decline. Whether you’re waking up numerous times during the night or can’t fall asleep, it becomes a sleep problem when it happens on a regular basis. What seems to be the main key is the quality of the sleep rather than the number of hours.
It has been shown that poor quality sleep affects the executive functioning processes which include problem solving, working memory, planning and reasoning. It’s common for caregivers like you to have trouble getting both quality and quantity sleep. It’s essential to do something about it right away before you start suffering the health consequences.
If you feel like you just have too many things to do each day and not enough hours to do them in, then try calling elderly home care and see how they can work with you to free up some of your time. Their caring and loving caregivers can step in and take over your caregiver role for a while to give you a much needed break.
Meanwhile, here are some tips to get your best sleep ever:
- Find what number of hours gives you the best sleep. For most adults its 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Try to stick to a schedule. It helps your body to find a comfortable rhythm and you’ll find you get tired at about the same time each night and you will start waking up automatically at about the same time each morning.
- Try to get your parent on a schedule as well.
- Don’t try to take less sleep now in hopes of making it up later. It doesn’t really work effectively that way.
- Use your bedroom only for sleeping.
- Try a warm bath or some relaxing music right before bed.
- Make sleep a priority. Don’t stay up late to do something else.
- Use window coverings in your bedroom that block out light.
- Avoid watching electronics right before bed or being around bright lights.
- Use sunlight to wake up to in the morning to help set your natural circadian rhythm.
Sleep is an important and often neglected part of your physical and mental health. Because lack of sleep can have such a profound negative effect on your overall well-being, it’s worth the effort to make sure you are getting adequate and quality sleep each night.
The national sleep foundation encourages people to exercise daily but not right before retiring to bed. They also suggest you change your mattress every 9 or 10 years which is the maximum life expectancy for most quality mattresses. They also suggest staying away from heavy meals in the evening. Cigarettes and alcohol later in the day can also interfere with good sleep.
If you have an aging loved one who needs professional elderly care, or are considering home care services for yourself call Harmony Home Health and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Health provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 933-9777.