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Tips for Getting Better Sleep When Caring for a Parent

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Caring for older adults can be a challenging task, and many family caregivers don’t get enough sleep. Without a good night’s rest, you may be too tired, foggy, and irritable to take care of your senior loved one. Consider taking the following steps to get a good night’s rest.

Reduce Your Loved One’s Nighttime Discomfort

If your loved one is constantly waking you up in the middle of the night, try to think about what could be causing the issue. Consider talking to the doctor about altering your loved one’s medications or checking for health issues. At home, make sure your loved one’s mattress is as comfortable as possible, and consider providing disposable underwear to prevent accidents. For your loved one’s peace of mind, provide a walkie-talkie or another way to call out to you in the event he or she needs anything. 

Providing care to an aging parent can be difficult, especially when you’re sleep-deprived. If you’re the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality elder care, Oakville Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.

Sleep When Your Loved One Does

Many caregivers resist changing their sleep schedules because they don’t feel like sleeping early. Sleeping at the same time as your parent could be worth it. Even if you aren’t used to going to sleep early, you may find that over time it becomes second nature.

De-Stress Before Sleeping

Many caregivers have difficulty sleeping because they’re stressed, which means they need to find ways to relax. Instead of overloading the brain with information from television shows, social media, or games, give meditation a try. Those who don’t appreciate traditional meditation may enjoy knitting and other activities that help them relax. Even doing these things a few hours before bed can reduce stress right before going to sleep.

Get Help from a Professional Caregiver

Some seniors require around-the-clock care, and doing it all yourself simply isn’t feasible. If your loved one’s needs during the day and night are so severe that you cannot sleep, you may need to ask family members for help or hire a respite caregiver. Having someone to care for your loved one for a few hours each night could make a huge difference. 

Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs live-in care, Oakville, Ontario, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home.

Practice Good Sleep Habits

Both you and your loved one can benefit from practicing habits that enhance sleep. Good sleep hygiene includes going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, not sleeping in a room with a lot of artificial light, limiting naps and time spent in bed while awake, and not having caffeine six hours before bed.

Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Oakville senior care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your aging parent, give us a call at (519) 590-2792 today.