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How to Manage Insomnia in Older Adults

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Despite common myths concerning older adults and sleep cycles, seniors need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. However, up to 40 percent of aging adults experience sleep-related issues such as daytime fatigue, frequent waking, and difficulty falling or staying asleep. There are various techniques you can try to help your aging loved one alleviate these issues. 

Discourage Daytime Napping

Seniors who are unable to get restful sleep at night may feel tired during the afternoon. Monitor your loved one’s nighttime sleep patterns along with the frequency and length of daytime naps to determine a possible connection. Taking naps often increases the risk of not being sufficiently tired at bedtime. While older adults may need rest every now and then, long naps are not advisable. 

Insomnia is just one of the many health issues older adults are susceptible to. Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted Bloomfield Hills in-home care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help.

Increase Physical Activity

Seniors who lead sedentary lifestyles do not get enough physical activity, and their bodies are in a continual state of rest throughout the day, which negates the need to sleep. Encourage your loved one to go for daily walks or start a garden, and come up with different ways to make him or her more active. Gradually increase the intensity of activity as your loved one becomes more fit. However, stop activity six hours before bedtime. Engaging in physical activity benefits the cardiovascular system and facilitates deep sleep. 

Encourage Relaxing Activities Before Bedtime

Seniors who are active during the day need to prepare their bodies for a restful sleep before going to bed. Encourage your loved one to engage in activities that help him or her relax and unwind. Your loved one might enjoy reading a book, taking a warm bath or shower, or listening to soothing music to induce a sense of peace.

Change the Diet

Eating large, heavy, and spicy meals may cause gastric upsets for seniors during the night. Digestion takes place more slowly in older adults, and lying down may interfere with the process. Consider serving your loved one high-calorie meals during lunch because it gives his or her body ample time to digest the food properly. If certain foods commonly cause gastric distress, eliminate them from your loved one’s diet.

Older adults often need help preparing healthy meals that are easy to digest. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Bloomfield Township respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. 

Avoid Serving Alcohol & Caffeinated Beverages

Many seniors enjoy alcoholic beverages in the evening as a form of relaxation, but these drinks necessitate frequent trips to the bathroom to eliminate body fluids. If alcohol is served less than six hours before bedtime, your loved one may experience sleep Ointerruptions due to needing to go to the bathroom. The diuretic and stimulant effects of caffeine are another concern. Your loved one should also stop drinking caffeinated beverages six hours before bedtime.

Chronic insomnia is a serious medical condition. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in home care. West Bloomfield Township seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more. To hire the best in-home care services for your aging loved one, call Home Care Assistance at 248.283.0835 today.