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Insomnia in the Elderly

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

Sleeping is an essential part of your aging loved ones’ life. It is as important as air, food, and water. Uninterrupted sleep helps restore energy so your loved one can feel refreshed and help him or her maintain good health. Insomnia can be categorized as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and is most common among seniors. This type of sleep disorder can last anywhere from less than a month, to several years, depending on the severity of the case.

If you are worried your aging love one may be experiencing insomnia, his or her symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Taking a long time (30-45 minutes) to fall asleep
  • Waking up multiple times each night
  • Waking up and being unable to get back to sleep
  • Waking up and feeling tired or unable to function during the day

There are many health issues that can cause insomnia, whether it is from discomfort during the night, such as heartburn, arthritis, cancer, or menopause, or it can be caused by incontinence problems in women and enlarged prostate issues in men. 

Reduce the Risk of Insomnia

While there are some medications that can help your loved one sleep, there are also some lifestyle changes he or she can make to help relieve short-term insomnia.

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and over-the-counter medications
  • Adopt bedtime habits, for example, watch the evening news, read a book, or take a bath
  • Keep a sleep-friendly bedroom: the room should be dark, ventilated, and quiet
  • Schedule going to sleep around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning

San Mateo Comfort Keepers®

At Comfort Keepers® in San Mateo, we understand that you can’t be there for your aging loved one at all times—that’s where we can help. Our compassionate caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, can provide your loved one with the bedtime routine he or she needs to reduce the risk of insomnia—and many other in-home care services that can help him or her live a healthy, independent life.

For more information regarding our in-home care services for your aging loved one, contact us at (650) 239-6113 or click here.

References
https://nihseniorhealth.gov/sleepandaging/insomnia/01.html

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