Is Your Sleep Suffering?
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
If you’re not already, you need to be looking more closely at how much sleep you’re getting and the quality of that sleep. Here are some of the common pitfalls.
You’re Using Tablets and Screens Too Late
Electronic screens put out a blue light that sends a signal to your brain to stay awake. That’s a problem when you’re wanting to go to sleep because your brain isn’t getting that message from what you’re doing. The key is to stop using screens, tablets, and other electronic devices an hour or two before you’re ready to go to sleep.
You’re Eating and Drinking Too Close to Bed
Some foods and drinks, including caffeinated beverages and foods, can wreak havoc on your attempts to get some shuteye. You might even be experiencing trouble if you’re eating anything at all too close to when you’re trying to get some sleep. Keeping a food diary can help you to figure it out.
Bedtime Is Way Late
When are you actually going to bed? If you’re like the average caregiver, the first thing you try to give up in order to get more done is sleep. But that’s a problem because you need sleep in order to continue to function well. Start setting a solid bedtime for yourself that gives you a reasonable amount of time to get some sleep. It’s tough to stick to a bedtime routine at first, but it really can help.
You’re Tackling Too Much Alone
Something else that caregivers tend to do is to try to do too much on their own. When you’re the only one handling everything, that’s a lot of stress and it’s a lot for you to keep track of on a daily basis. It’s time to figure out if there are other people to whom you can delegate some tasks. If you can’t, then it might be time to consider hiring elderly care providers to give you a hand.
You’ve Got Health Issues
When were you last at your own doctor? Some health conditions can interfere with your sleep, especially if you’re experiencing some pain. It’s time for you to go to your own doctor and determine what’s going on. Figure out what is keeping you from sleeping well.
No matter what is keeping you from getting the sleep that you need, you have to put a plan together. When you take better care of yourself, you’re able to take better care of your senior and of anyone else that relies on you.