Being a caregiver can be challenging emotionally and physically. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with issues at work, social isolation/loneliness, financial issues and/or your own medical conditions.
After a long day, most caregivers want to be able to relax and get a good night’s sleep; however, that may be challenging: a toddler with nightmares, a teen coming home past curfew, a restless pet or an older loved one who needs help getting to the bathroom. And, once you do find the time to sleep, it hard to fall asleep.
According to a study, sleep problems were common among caregivers, especially those who provided care for more than five hours a week.
Persistent disrupted or reduced amounts of sleep can have significant adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Poor sleep can also cause weight gain, a higher risk of depression and can potentially be linked to dementia.
Getting a Good Night’s Rest
The Canadian Sleep Society says sleep can last 7.5 to 8 hours on average but can also range between 6 to 9 hours. Moreover, everyone should determine their own nightly sleep need. Consider these tips to help improve your sleep:
- Adopt a regular sleep-wake cycle
- Create an optimal environment for sleep: a quiet and dark room with a comfortable ambient temperature
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol, caffeine and nicotine intake
- Don’t eat large meals or exercise near bedtime
- Be active, eat well and exercise daily
- Discuss sleep difficulties with your family doctor
Is caring for an older loved one causing you to have a poor quality of sleep? ComForCare Home Care can help. Our compassionate and highly trained caregivers can care for your loved one for just a few hours a week up to 24/7, so you can rest assured.