Home Care Service Offers Tips to Help Seniors Get Better Sleep
ComForcare experts share suggestions for older adults to get a better night’s rest to
maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Home care experts agree that getting a good night’s sleep is essential to physical health
and emotional well-being. But, just how much sleep do adults need? A recent study by
the National Institutes of Health suggests that healthy older people may require about 1.5
hours less sleep than younger adults, an average of 7.5 hours per night. The study
indicates that seniors sleep less even when given the opportunity for more sleep because
of age-related changes in the ability to fall asleep and remain asleep.
Experts have said that older adults who do not sleep well are more likely to suffer from
depression, attention and memory problems and excessive daytime sleepiness. They are
also likely to suffer more nighttime falls, have increased sensitivity to pain and use more
prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids. Insufficient sleep can also lead to serious
health problems in older adults, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, weight problems and breast cancer in women.
ComForcare’s goal is to help each of its home care clients to live a healthy, independent,
and happy lifestyle in the comfort of their own home, including getting the rest and
support and assistance they need. Home care providers work with clients to help them
regulate their schedule and achieve more effective rest. Elderly care clients who may be
dealing with sleep difficulties can also benefit from companionship services, assistance
with household tasks, healthy meal preparation, and dementia home care assistance.
Here are some tips from the ComForcare home care team to help older adults fall asleep
faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
1. Use technology. There are several sound machines and other sleeping devices that help
eliminate or muffle outside noises, which will help light sleepers.
2. Turn off the TV at night. Experts say the bright lights, sounds and images flickering
across the screen trick the brain into staying awake. Those who prefer to leave a
television in the bedroom should turn it off an hour before bed and try reading at night.
3. Create a dedicated sleeping room. Some people also use their bedrooms as an office,
laundry room, or crafting space. Try and keep the bedroom only for sleeping and make
it as cozy and comfortable as possible to help make the room more inviting for sleep.
4. Eliminate all lights. Turn off any night lights or hallway lights and close the door.
Another option is to get an eye mask to block out light.
5. Keep a routine. Follow the same routine each night and the body will learn when it is
time to shut down and go to sleep. Family caregivers and home care providers can help
seniors set an evening routine and assist them in sticking to it for the first few weeks
until the behaviors become habit.
Home Care Services Can Help
Seniors who have trouble falling asleep at night should have a conversation with their
family caregivers or home care provider to determine new behaviors that may encourage
better rest. Keep in mind that while it can sometimes take a while to adjust to a new
schedule or new behaviors, with patience and consistency, it is likely that results will be
apparent within a few weeks.
About Home Care Services from ComForcare
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to
people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced,
compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical
condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging –
in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including
personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to
improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family
receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
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