Strategies for Getting Sleep as a Family Caregiver

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Getting enough sleep is an important part of maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health, but many caregivers do not get the sleep they need each day. It is essential for caregivers to prioritize their own sleep. If you are busy taking care of a senior loved one, you can take the following steps to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

Practice a Regular Sleep Cycle

You and your loved one can both benefit from practicing good sleep habits. Going to bed and getting up at the same time each day trains the body to get sleepy and wake up naturally at the right time. Seniors with mental conditions can benefit from a regular routine. Going to bed at the same time each night can ease their anxiety and make it easier for both of you to get to bed.

If you are the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality at-home care, The Woodlands Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.

Stay Active

Exercise is a useful way of ensuring you get enough sleep, and it promotes sleep by reducing stress and encouraging your body to feel tired. Make sure to avoid exercising in the hours right before bed because it could raise your heart rate and make it difficult to sleep. Many caregivers find taking an evening walk with their senior loved one is a great way to get some exercise.

Meditate in the Evenings

Many caregivers find it challenging to let go of the stress of caregiving at the end of the day, so they end up staying awake for hours worrying about their loved ones. Using some simple meditation techniques before bed may alleviate anxiety and allow you to sleep. The slow breaths associated with meditation can also trigger sleepiness.

Make Your Room Ideal for Rest

The bedroom should be cool, dark, and quiet so you can drift off to sleep without stimulating your brain. If possible, try to sleep in a separate room from your loved one. You can use a monitor to keep an ear out for him or her while you sleep. 

If you need a break to catch up on sleep, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Get in touch with Home Care Assistance to find out how a North Houston, TX, caregiver can help your aging loved one live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Our caregivers are available 24/7, all of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Hire Some Nighttime Help

Even if you want to be the main caregiver for your loved one, there may come a time when you need a little extra help. You can hire a caregiver for a few hours each night to keep an eye on your loved one while you get a good night’s rest, ensuring you are fully refreshed and able to manage caregiving challenges during the day.

Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, Kingwood families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home. Call Home Care Assistance at 832-412-1345 to schedule a free in-home consultation.