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Managing Caregiver Insomnia

As a trusted provider of senior home care in Boca Raton, the health of professional and family caregivers is just as important to us as the health of our clients, and the long-term problems of insomnia and sleep deprivation have recently come to the forefront in the medical community. Shortened life span, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as increased risk of accidents and reduced cognitive function are all associated with lack of sleep.

Some surveys suggest up to 87 percent of caregivers have some type of sleep deprivation. Since the long- and short-term consequences can be substantial, here are a few ideas part-time and live-in caregivers in Boca Raton can use to get more and better sleep:

• Try to keep a regular schedule every night, including winding down a few hours before bedtime.

• The bedroom should be cool, less than 70 degrees, and free from bright lighting. The TV and reading lights should be off. Sometimes, even a large, illuminated clock radio may present too much light.
• Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine as well as heavy meals at night. Also try to avoid electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. Reading for an hour is a better alternative.
• Exercise during the day is a great way to get a good night’s sleep, but vigorous exercise before bed can keep you awake.

If these tips do not help, or if waking repeatedly after falling asleep is a problem, see a doctor. Sleep disorders can be caused by a number of medical problems and it may take a medical profession to pinpoint the root of your sleep disorder. For example, most people do not realize they have a sleep apnea condition until tests are performed. Hypertension can also cause sleep disorders.

Modern evidence is determining that loss of sleep cannot be made up. And a well-rested caregiver is a more productive, healthier and happier caregiver. If caring for an aging relative prevents you from getting regular or enough sleep, know that additional support is available. At Home Care Assistance, we offer respite care Boca Raton families can rely on to provide care for a senior loved one while the primary caregiver takes time for his or herself. For more information, please call (561) 826.9282 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager today.