Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver.
Being a caregiver requires a lot of work – both physically and emotionally. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with your personals problem like work deadlines, social isolation, financial issues and/or medical conditions. Those you l live with also may prevent a good night’s sleep. It might be hard for you to find time to sleep and even more difficult to fall asleep once you get in bed.
Short sleep can have negative consequences on your brain, affecting your mood, attention and decision-making, and memory and learning. Lack of sleep can play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. However, sufficient sleep can help you recharge and reenergize to meet daily stresses.
Experts recommend seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Consider these tips to help improve your sleep:
-Follow a consistent sleep schedule.
-Try to get outside at least once a day.
-Be physically active, but do not exercise late in the day.
-Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening hours.
– Find some free time for yourself during the day to do something you enjoy – a puzzle, a walk, a novel, etc. – so you don’t have to stay up late to enjoy “me” time.
-Let go of your to-do list at the end of the day.
-Seek treatment for allergies, medical conditions or sleep apnea that may interfere with sleep.
-Are the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for an older adult getting in the way of a good night’s sleep?
Golden Year Home Care can help you to take care of your beloved one. So you can rest easy.