Are you a caregiver who is continuously losing out on sleep? Does the stress of caregiving is giving you sleepless nights? If you are in a chronic state of sleep deprivation, it is time to pay attention to your health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between 26-64 years must sleep for at least seven hours.
Sleep deprivation is not only dangerous for your health, but it can also put the care recipient at risk! You can experience difficulty in focusing on tasks that matter most to you. For example, giving prescribed medications to the person for whom you have stepped into the shoes of a caregiver or forgetting your physician’s appointment.
So, you need to make sure that you had adequate hours of sound sleep.
Have a look at the top tips to overcome sleep deprivation.
Seek help from friends and other family members
Taking care of a loved one for years can be stressful for a person. So, be realistic about your goals. Seek help from friends who can help you in tasks such as grocery shopping or refilling prescriptions. Don’t hesitate to ask help from other family members to take the responsibility of caregiving for a few hours so that you can have a quick nap. Also, do not forget to lean on others for emotional support.
Make changes in the sleeping environment
Try to create a comfortable sleeping environment. Avoid sleeping on a couch near the care recipient. Instead, try to sleep on a temporary bed with a comfy mattress in the same room. If possible, sleep in another room to avoid having any sleep disturbances.
Use the latest technology and gadgets
Technology such as remote health monitoring can prove to be of valuable help to you. Gadgets like motion sensor alarms, audio or video monitors, digital pill dispensers, and so on can vastly take away a significant amount of stress from your life as a caregiver. You can also invest in adjustable bed rails to prevent the care recipient from falling from the bed during sleep. If you are taking care of a senior and overwhelmed with the management of his or her medicines, try to follow easy medication management.
Apart from following all the above tips, start practicing yoga or meditation daily for at least 15 minutes to cope up with all the stress associated with caregiving. When you are relaxed, your overall well-being is improved. You feel better both physically and emotionally which is necessary to overcome the problem of sleep deprivation. If you still need help to deal with the challenges of caregiving like sleep deprivation, go for our caregiver coaching session and see the change!