Elder Care in New Milford, CT
Getting enough sleep is a critical part of your elder care journey with your aging loved ones. Sleep is when your body repairs itself, fights off infections, and performs other vital functions. Without enough sleep you do not have the physical strength or cognitive clarity that you do when you get the rest you need, diminishing your ability to perform your daily tasks and responsibilities effectively, and putting your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing at risk.
November is National Sleep Comfort Month, the perfect opportunity for you to evaluate your and your aging loved ones' sleep quality so that you can make meaningful changes that will improve your quality of sleep and protect your wellbeing throughout your care journey with your seniors.
Use these tips, and share them with your loved ones' elderly health care services provider, to make better sleep a priority during National Sleep Comfort Month and throughout the rest of the year:
• Focus your mind. Conditioning is a powerful force for the human mind. If you sit in your bed and work, make phone calls, pay bills, and do other stimulating activities, you are going to teach your mind to be active while in bed. Make it a point to do only soothing, quiet things while in bed so that your mind learns to calm down and relax when you tuck in.
• Relocate the electronics. Having a television or computer in the bedroom can dramatically disrupt your brain patterns by emanating too much light and sound to allow the mind to calm down and go to sleep. Remove all electronics from the bedroom to eliminate this effect.
• Create a routine. If you do not already have one, set a sleep routine for yourself and your aging loved ones. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning teaches your mind and body when it should relax and when it should become active again. Maintaining this routine regularly helps to reduce feelings of fatigue and encourages deeper, more restorative sleep.
• Get the right mattress. Mattresses do not last forever. Even the highest quality mattresses only last around 10 years. If it has been longer than that since you have gotten a new mattress, consider replacing it. Take the time to choose the one that is right for your needs, whether it is something soft and airy, or firm and supportive. Consider visiting a store that has a pressure point evaluating system so you can really see where your body needs support and get recommendations for the best type of mattress for your body.
• Keep things cool. Especially when it is cold outside it is easy to be tempted to crank up the heat before you go to bed. This, however, can make sleeping difficult and leave you with a headache in the morning. Instead, lower the temperature so that the room is cool while you sleep. Dress in lightweight pajamas and pile on the blankets. This lets you automatically shed the blankets during the night if you get too warm without disrupting your sleep.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in New Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.