Everyone has those times when sleep is more difficult, but if that’s happening more often for your senior, she may need to dig a little deeper into what is going on. These ideas can help you to narrow down possible causes.

Her Health Is Worsening or Is Becoming a Factor

Home Care Rockville, MD: Seniors and Sleep Trouble

Home Care Rockville, MD: Seniors and Sleep Trouble

Health problems impact your senior’s entire life and well-being, including her ability to sleep the way she wants and needs to sleep. If you suspect that health conditions are part of what might be keeping your senior awake at night, it’s worth talking to her doctor. Her doctor may have some recommendations that help her to rest much more easily. In more complicated situations, a sleep study may help.

Her Bedtime or Sleep Routines Are Off

Sleep and bedtime routines are an important part of helping your senior to get the sleep she wants. When she’s got a solid set of these two types of routines, she’s going to be able to relax, unwind, and fall asleep easily. If those routines are off even slightly, though, she may find that she’s frustrated and that sleep is much harder to come by. Take a look at her nighttime routines and see if there’s anything you can work together to adjust.

Her Daytime Routine Is Off

It’s just as important for your senior to have effective daytime routines in order for her to get the rest she’s trying to get, too. If she’s eating lunch or dinner too late in the day, digestive issues can keep her awake. If she’s waking up too late or isn’t active enough during the day, that can impact her ability to unwind and to fully fall asleep. Taking a look at what a typical day is like for your senior can help. In fact, getting her extra help during the day from home care providers may help you both understand what’s going right and what isn’t each day.

Medication Side Effects Are a Problem

Something else to talk to your senior’s doctor about is how her medications and their side effects might be creating issues for her while sleeping. Some medications that she’s taken for a long time may have cumulative effects that are causing problems now, even if they never did in the past. It’s worth taking a closer look.

Good sleep is a cornerstone of good health for your elderly family member. When she’s not getting the sleep she needs, that means there’s something else going on.

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care in Rockville, MD please contact the caring staff at Nest & Care today at (240) 261-1328.

Katharina Villanueva

Katharina Villanueva

RN, BSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNRN, DN, CDP

Kat is the founder of Nest & Care LLC, a Private Duty In-Home Care agency providing companion care, personal care, and skilled nursing services to families in and around Montgomery County and Howard County, MD.

For the past 15 years, she has devoted her nursing career to caring for patients with Neurologic or Neurosurgical conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic phases. She worked at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California before moving to Maryland where she exclusively worked with patients with stroke as a stroke program coordinator at Providence Hospital.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1998. Kat is married to Mikael, a pediatric surgeon. They have 3 boys and 3 dogs.