Wednesday November 4, 2015
Sleep is your body’s way of healing. Your mental, physical and emotional states are all affected by your sleeping patterns. Often, caregivers experience issues with sleep, and while many may find temporary relief in an over the counter sleeping pill, it may not be a permanent fix.
Here are some easy remedies to help promote sleep, regardless of your sleep schedule:
Take the TV out of the bedroom
Caregiving is a physically demanding job, its normal to want to unwind in front of the television. However, having a television in the bedroom can disrupt your sleep cycle. Having a screen in the bedroom can create the temptation to stay up for longer hours and stimulates the mind. This contributes to sleeplessness.
Avoid eating and drinking after 8 p.m., or at least 2 hours before your scheduled sleep time.
This method helps your body relax and avoid annoying trips to the bathroom.
Leave your work outside of the bedroom
When laptops, files, spreadsheets and day planners are brought into the bedroom, they can prevent your mind from shutting off from work mode; you no longer can associate your bedroom with relaxation. Leave the stress of work outside of your sanctuary; allow your mind to unwind.
Stretch before sleep
Stretching is a great way to release stress and increase blood circulation. Before bed, take 10 minutes to slowly stretch and practice deep breathing. Many yoga postures are easily adjustable for any body type. Check out these sleep inducing postures.
Sleep deprivation is common, especially amongst caregivers. The emotional and physical demands from caregiving can often affect your ability to catch a good night’s sleep. As a caregiver no one benefits from your exhaustion, especially you. Take some time to invest in building up good sleeping habits and establishing your own sleep sanctuary.
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I would like you to know how pleased we were with J. during the months she provided overnight care for my father. J. was always very pleasant and patient and did many extras to help dad. She went beyond her required responsibilities and we are grateful for her kindness.
Mrs. L.P., London