Sleep is a vital part of staying healthy, but too many aging adults don’t get proper levels of sleep. Family caregivers should learn about the different types of sleep disorders found in adults, so they can take steps to help their loved ones. Numerous medical professionals can look at the aging adult’s symptoms and determine the cause. Once a diagnosis is made on whether the elderly adult has a sleep disorder, the doctor can set up a treatment plan. Family caregivers and home care providers can then be there for the elderly adult as they work for a good night’s sleep.
Here are some of the more common sleep disorders found in aging adults:
Underlying Health Issues
Many seniors have medical problems that interfere with their daily life. Whether it's discomfort or pain, seniors can struggle with conditions like acid reflux, overactive bladder, heart or lung conditions, depression, and more. Sore muscles, muscle cramps and headaches are other examples of common health conditions that interfere with nightly sleep. With a home care provider assisting an elderly adult during the day, they can conserve their energy and stay current on their medications.
Restless Leg Syndrome
When an elderly person’s legs feel tingly or itchy, it can really bother them. When their legs cause them pain in the night in the form of restless leg syndrome, sleep is hard to get. While the exact cause of restless leg syndrome is not known, a home care provider can help the senior troubleshoot solutions and make them as comfortable as possible.
Characterized by excessive snoring, sleep apnea is a very common breathing disorder. It’s just one aspect of sleep disordered breathing. It can lead to health problems like coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure. Sleep apnea is especially dangerous for elderly adults. A home care provider can help the elderly person get set up with special equipment to help them sleep better.
When people have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep through the night, they have insomnia. Even if they lie in bed, they are not usually able to get the rest they need. It is more common in elderly adults and can be triggered by depression, anxiety, stress and cognitive decline. Family caregivers and home care providers can assist the elderly adult by creating a bedtime routine, ensuring the room and the bed are comfortable and resolving problems if they do wake up.
Making changes to an elderly person’s lifestyle can often help with sleep disorders. With a doctor’s approval, home care providers can encourage the seniors to exercise regularly, eat a nutritious diet, avoid caffeine close to bedtime. Family caregivers and home care providers can do a lot to help the aging adults regain precious sleep and enjoy a lifetime of health and wellness.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Hoover, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...