Having trouble sleeping? Tips that may help…

October 24th, 2013 No Comments

We’ve all had trouble sleeping from time to time. For those involved in NJ elder care, they know older adults may find it even harder than younger people each night to get a good night’s sleep for various reasons.

Reasons seniors may have trouble sleeping:

  • Pain
  • Napping during the day
  • Medicines
  • Caffeine

Not getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night can lead to:

  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • More prone to taking a fall
  • Feeling tired
  • Becoming depressed

Ideas to help you sleep well:

  • Maintain a regular sleeping schedule
  • Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet, and just the right temperature (not too warm or cold)
  • Get exercise throughout the day
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal too close to bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine late in the day
  • Consume fewer beverages later in the evening

Other home care NJ tips include keeping safe: have a lamp by your bedside that’s easily accessible, use nightlights, don’t smoke in bed, and remove area rugs around the bedside. Sweet dreams!

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