Getting a good night’s sleep is integral to overall health and wellbeing. But for many older adults, sleep can be elusive. It is recommended that all adults, including seniors, get between 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night. There are a variety of factors that can interfere with the sleep of older adults including pain, illness, and medication side effects. Older adults who lack high-quality sleep can have memory issues, feel irritable and depressed, and be at higher risk for falls.
The good news is there are a variety of steps that can be taken to improve the quality of sleep and lessen fatigue for older adults, such as:
While implementing daily habits and routines to help encourage good, high-quality sleep are two parts to the equation, it’s also important to ensure the house is a restful and safe place to sleep. Be sure to:
Sleep can also be impacted by certain medical conditions such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder and REM sleep behavior disorder. These conditions can contribute to chronic fatigue and elderly sleep problems and should be addressed by a physician.
At Visiting Care Giving Services, a provider of home care in Chesterfield and nearby areas, our highly-trained care staff can help seniors get a good night’s sleep. From planning and preparing nutritious meals and encouraging frequent exercise to helping establish a regular schedule to keep older adults engaged in daily life and so much more, our team is here to help seniors maintain a routine that promotes sleep during the overnight hours. Offering 24/7 round-the-clock care, our team is also available to take the night shift to ensure the safety of a senior loved one so that family caregivers can get much-needed sleep and downtime.
To learn more about the many ways in which we can help seniors remain at home and independent, contact Visiting Care Giving Services today at (636) 493-9058 to schedule an in-home consultation and to find out more about our trusted home care services. For a full list of all of the communities where we provide care, please visit our Service Area page.