There are many things that can cause sleep issues in the elderly such as medications, depression, bladder issues, chronic pain conditions, and more. The thing is when someone has sleep issues for quite some time, they are much more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other health problems. With this being said, it is important that family caregivers work with seniors to help them overcome sleep issues as soon as possible.
Manage Mental Health Conditions
If your elderly loved one has a mental health condition such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression that is causing their sleep issues, it is important to make sure they get it under control. Sometimes, it is just a matter of talking with someone and being able to vent with support. Other times, medication and/or therapy may be needed.
Create Sleep Routines
If your elderly loved one is experiencing sleep issues, it would be a good idea for them to create sleep routines. Once they can start going to bed and getting up at the same times every day (or close to the same times), their body will get more used to that schedule and potentially have fewer sleep issues.
Reducing Light and Noise in the Bedroom Area
Does your elderly loved one generally have lights on and noise going when they are in bed? If this is the case, it is important for them to try reducing the light and noise when they want to go to sleep. The darker and quieter the room is, the more the body will believe it is nighttime and will want to fall asleep.
Getting a Medication Review
Home care assistance can take your elderly loved one to their doctor to get a medication review. They may be having side effects of the medication that are causing these sleep issues. Maybe one of the medications they take for pain control isn’t working well enough, so the pain is keeping them up, too.
If your elderly loved one is experiencing sleep issues, they should do their best to avoid caffeine starting in the late afternoon through the nighttime. The more caffeine they have throughout the day and later in the day, the more likely it will be to keep them up at night.
These are some of the top tips for helping your elderly loved one to overcome sleep issues. These are all tips that other senior citizens have tried. They generally work for most people. However, if your elderly loved one tries these changes and none of them work, be sure they are seeing their doctor as soon as they can. Remember, the longer they continue to have sleep issues, the higher their risk of getting those dangerous health conditions will be. But, the sooner the sleep issues are handled, the healthier your elderly loved one can be.
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