Oct 14, 2016 by Matt Clinnard
Insomnia is a prevalent problem in senior’s life. Sleep problems are often mistakenly considered a normal part of aging. Disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not normal. Despite the fact that more than 50% of elderly people have insomnia, it is typically undertreated. In assisted living in Tyler, TX, caregivers know how important a good night’s sleep is. It helps improve concentration and memory formation, allows the body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease.
Also, older adults who don’t sleep well are more likely to suffer from depression, attention and memory problems, and excessive daytime sleepiness. There are many things that can cause insomnia. Poor sleep habits and sleep environment, pain or medical conditions, menopause and post menopause, medications, lack of exercise, and lack of social engagement are just a few.
Significant life changes like the death of a loved one or moving from a family home can cause stress. Nothing improves your loved one’s mood better than finding someone they can talk to face-to-face. Your parent may have a medical condition that's affecting their rest. Ailments like arthritis, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome can all make sleep a challenge. Treatment to help their condition may help them get some sleep.
There are simple tricks for improving sleep habits, and moving bedroom clocks out of view is one of them. The light can disrupt your loved one’s sleep and anxiously watching the minutes tick by is a recipe for insomnia. In assisted living caregivers also recommend taking a warm bath. When your parent gets out of the tub, the drop in body temperature may help them feel tired. It can also help them relax and slow down, so they’re more ready to go to bed.
In assisted living caregivers could make sure your loved one doesn’t drink alcohol close to bedtime. Even small amounts can make it harder to stay asleep. Drinking fewer fluids at night also helps. Trips to the bathroom break up sleep.
Artificial lights at night can suppress body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy. Your parent should use low-wattage bulbs where safe to do so, and turn off the TV and computer at least one hour before bed.
Caregivers could make sure your loved one’s bedroom is quiet, dark, and cool, and their bed is comfortable. Noise, light, and heat can cause sleep problems. Your parent can try using a sleep mask to help block out light.
Social activities and family can keep your loved one’s activity level up and prepare their body for a good night’s sleep. In assisted living caregivers recommend volunteering, joining a seniors’ group, or taking an adult education class.
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