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How a Caregiver Can Help Seniors Get on a Sleeping Schedule

Sep 29, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton

When it comes to providing quality care for any elderly adult, it is important that this senior is getting the rest that they need during the day. The good news is the right caregiver can help any senior get the rest they need to be their healthiest.

While most people need 7-8 hours of sleep per night, seniors need even more rest in order to stay healthy, active and alert. The key to getting this type of rest all comes with the right sleep schedule. As a senior caregiver, there are a handful of things that can be done to help make sure that any senior receiving in home care is getting the rest that they need.

Here are some valuable tips to help any senior get on the sleep schedule:

  • Develop a pre-bed routine for the senior that includes relaxing activities such as reading or taking a bath.
  • Make sure the seniors get plenty of natural light in the morning. This can help them wake up naturally and develop a normal, natural routine.
  • If seniors want to nap during the day, try to make sure that they are napping at the same time every day to create a schedule.
  • The caregiver should make sure that seniors are waking up and eating at the same time every day.
  • Don’t let seniors watch television or spend time on their phones immediately before they go to bed, this may keep them up.
  • Make sure that seniors are going to bed in a cool, comfortable dark place so that they have the best chance possible to get a quality night of rest.

As a caregiver, it is important to help seniors implement these tips while providing them elder care, so that their senior loved one can not only get the sleep that they need but that they can continue to stay as healthy as possible as they age.

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