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Protecting Your Health by Managing Your Insomnia throughout Your Care Journey

Home Care in Tustin CA

About 10 percent of the adult population throughout the United States suffers from insomnia that is severe enough to make a noticeable impact on their function and quality of life. If you are one Home-Care-in-Tustin-CAof these people and are also a family caregiver for your elderly adult, you could be putting your health at serious risk. As a family caregiver you are always on the go. This is even more relevant if you are a member of the sandwich generation and are balancing the care needs of children and those of an older adult. This means that you are constantly doing something, going somewhere, managing something, or fixing a problem. Even with enough sleep this can be exhausting and trying on your body. If you are suffering from insomnia you are constantly pushing your body harder even when it does not have the rest it needs to handle these demands. This can lead to debilitating fatigue, headaches, weight loss, weight gain, confusion, irritability, increased risk of infection and illness, digestive problems, and other serious health consequences. Managing your insomnia is an important part of protecting your health throughout your care journey and being the best that you can for everyone who depends on you.

 

Use these tips to help you manage your insomnia:

  • Recognize it. This may seem like a foregone conclusion, but the reality is that some people do not do anything to manage their insomnia because they do not even realize that they are dealing with it. Insomnia is not just one thing. It could mean not being able to fall asleep, not being able to stay asleep, or waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep. Often it is the quality of the sleep that you are getting that causes the most problems, not necessarily the quantity of it
  • Arrange for help. When you are suffering from the effects of insomnia, the pressures of your caregiver role are likely to just make it worse. Stress, anxiety, and wondering if you are going to get enough sleep to function the next day can all make it even more difficult for you to get the sleep that you need. Home care can help. Having an in-home senior care services provider in the home with your parent can take stress off of you and allow you to relax more, enabling you to get more sleep. This is especially true if you lose sleep worrying that your parent will encounter a serious situation in the middle of the night and will need your help. A home care provider can be in the home, awake and alert, and ready to help in whatever way is necessary
  • Change your habits. Lifestyle choices are a leading cause of insomnia. Evaluate your eating and drinking habits, activity level, and other issues to determine if the choices that you are making may be impacting the quality of your sleep. Eliminate caffeine and other stimulants from your diet. Make sure that you are getting enough exercise on a daily basis. Stop smoking and consuming alcohol. Living a healthier lifestyle can help put your body in a better condition and promote healthier sleep.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tustin, CA, please contact the caring staff at Canaan Home Care today! 1-844-CANAAN-1 (1-844-226-2261)

 

Source:  http://www.sleepeducation.org/news/2014/03/10/insomnia-awareness-day-facts-and-stats

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