Elderly Care Information : Sleeping

September, 2012 TSG_PTIMG_0055_Coffee

As we get older it’s not unusual to notice a change in our sleep patterns and experience trouble sleeping. Whether it’s having trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep, we’re left feeling tired and grumpy the next day.

There’s been a myth circulating for years that you don’t need as much sleep as you did when you were younger. This is not true and lack of sleep can take it’s toll. On anyone.

According to experts the key to a good nights sleep is by practising ‘good sleep hygiene’. aka  good habits! The advice for the elderly is to consider these points:

  • Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day
  • Establishing a bedtime routine
  • Making sure that the bed and bedding are comfortable
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the evening
  • Not eating a heavy meal late at night
  • Avoiding exercise in the evening
  • Cutting out daytime naps
  • Keeping the bedroom cool and dark
  • Banning TV and computers from the bedroom

If your relative does tend to wake up during the night and can’t get back to the land of nod then after 15minutes encourage them to leave the bed and go to another room. Do not let them do anything too involved; they can’t be tempted by housework and should leave the TV alone! Instead suggest something relaxing like reading. Tell them to go back to bed after 20-30mins and try again.

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