Four Ways Sleep Routines Might Be Messing with Your Senior’s Sleep

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Caregiver in Hallandale FL: Senior Sleep
Caregiver in Hallandale FL: Senior Sleep

Sleep routines keep your senior’s sleep patterns where they need to be so she gets the rest she needs. Setting up a sleep routine is easier than you might think, but you want to avoid some of these mistakes.

Sleeping During the Day Makes the Situation Worse

Many people with sleep disturbances and issues find that they’re awake a lot during the night and asleep or at least dozing throughout the day. Those naps, whether they’re long or short, might help to an extent. But if that’s what your senior is relying on instead of fixing the underlying sleep problem, she might be keeping herself stuck in that bad sleep rut.

Too Much Time in Bed Can Create Issues

Another issue that plagues people who aren’t sleeping well is that they may tend to stay in bed too long, trying to stay asleep or to get to sleep. This can be a particularly difficult problem for your senior because staying in bed too long can amplify aches and problems she’s battling. Changing positions can help a little bit, but it might be better for her to get up for a while if she’s been in bed for several hours and is in pain.

No Routine Tends to Breed Chaos

If your senior has no bedtime or sleep routine at all, that’s a recipe for a bit of chaos around the entire topic of sleep. The routine she swears by doesn’t have to be strictly regimented or outlined to the exact minute. It’s more of a roadmap that helps her to be ready for a good night’s sleep. Start with the time she wants to wake up every morning and work backward on the clock to find the right time for her to start thinking about winding down.

Inconsistent Bedtime Routines Are Worse than No Routine

One problem you want to watch for is that inconsistency around bedtime and sleep routines can almost be worse than having no routine at all. Routines work because they let her brain and body know what to expect and how to respond. When the routine isn’t consistent, your senior’s brain isn’t able to depend on knowing what’s happening next.

If bedtime and overnight routines are just not coming together for your senior, that might be affecting your sleep, too. Hiring senior care providers to deal with overnight shifts can help quite a bit because your senior will have someone helping her and you can focus on getting the sleep that you need.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring a Caregiver in Hallandale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.