You may not realize it, but what your aging adult does during the day can have much more of an impact on how well she sleeps than anything that she does at night. Here are just a few of the habits to check.
Screen Time Late in the Day.
Televisions, tablet screens, and phone screens emit something called blue light that prompts your aging adult’s brain to release chemicals that help her to stay awake. This isn’t such a fantastic system when she really wants to be getting some sleep, however. Limiting screen time an hour or two before heading to bed can help your senior get to sleep easier.
Too Much Exercise, Too Late in the Day.
Exercise is fantastic for your aging adult and can help her to get better rest, but if she’s exercising too late in the day, it can have the opposite effect. Exercising earlier in the day is a much better idea, especially if she’s engaging in strenuous activity.
That Extra Nightcap.
A drink or so now and again is not necessarily terrible for your senior, but her doctor can give her a better idea of how alcohol affects her personal health. Too much alcohol, even by a drink or two, can make sleep much more difficult for your aging adult. It might be better to avoid that nightcap rather than having one.
Larger Meals Later in the Day.
If your senior relies on you to make meals for her, then she might need to eat earlier than you do, depending on what your schedule is typically. One solution that can help significantly is to hire elder care providers to handle meal preparation and cooking for your aging adult. This solution allows your senior to eat much earlier, helping her to digest her meal before trying to sleep.
An Uncomfortable Bedroom.
Having an uncomfortable bedroom can be more important than either you or your aging adult suspect. Bedding that is scratchy or otherwise uncomfortable or a room that is the wrong temperature can all have an impact. Sort out what makes the room more comfortable for your senior and make the necessary changes.
Sorting out what helps and what hinders your senior’s sleep habits can take some time. Be patient and keep track of what works and what doesn’t.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elder care in Alabaster, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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