You Need Sleep Too! Rest Tips for CaregiversTuesday, November 19, 2019
You don’t sleep until they sleep.
And then you still don’t sleep, right?
You look at the clock and know the finish line is near for another evening caring for your senior parent. Even on the “easy” days (as if those exist), time seems to stand still until it’s finally time to hit the hay and catch some sleep. Bathe. Brush teeth. Lights out. And then…restlessness ensues. Before you know it, the sun is rising and you’ve had yet another sleepless night in Cleveland.
Rest is so important for a caregiver. You just aren’t as good at what you do without it. That’s why we wanted to help you with some ways you can get better rest at night when you are a caregiver for your loved one.
Turn out the lights.
Yes, this includes screens and monitors. Sleep.org did a study and concluded that gadgets are definitely keeping us awake at night. They suppress melatonin, keep your brain alert, and wake you up. Bottom line - if you want restful sleep, you have to disengage from the tech and get some quality sleep.
Watch the caffeine.
That cup of coffee with dinner might seem innocuous, but it might be the reason you are lying in bed awake. Try not to drink caffeine after 5:00 p.m. or at least 5 hours before bedtime, if possible.
Watch out for the naps.
It is often a habit to try to sneak in some sleep when mom or dad lays down for an afternoon nap. Try to stay awake! That catnap might come back to haunt you at night, and that is when you get the highest quality of sleep. Swap out that power nap for a good, long night’s sleep.
Avoid late-night snacks.
A light snack is okay, but a large meal or heavy snack can lead to less rest. Indigestion is a leading cause of restless sleep and can prohibit your body from achieving maximum relaxation.
Change the scenery.
If you are having trouble sleeping, leave your bed and do something relaxing, like reading for about 20 minutes, and then lay back down. That way, your body starts to equate your bed with tranquility and not activity.
We are here to help you relax. Part of the reason that sleep is at a premium for caregivers is because of stress. Allow McGregor PACE to help you eliminate stress by giving you a break during the day. Our services are a welcome respite for caregivers and seniors alike. Contact McGregor PACE today, and let us tell you how we can help relieve some of the stress that comes with caring for a loved one.