Having a sleep routine can be the best way for your loved one to improve both the quality and the duration of her sleep each night. Try these ideas to get your loved one’s sleep back in the good column.
Get on a Schedule
The human body really does love a schedule and if your loved one has been random about her sleep and wake-up times, her body might just be confused. Start setting a time for waking up and for getting to bed and stick to it. If your loved one is prone to long naps throughout the day, do your best to cut back on those so that she’s able to spend her nighttime hours asleep.
Add in Exercise
Check with your loved one’s doctor and make sure that she’s safe to start an exercise routine. Once you have the okay, add in little bits of exercise time throughout the day. Earlier in the day is better, since too much activity in the late afternoon and evening can be too stimulating for sleep later.
Be Careful with Food and Drinks
Some foods and drinks are detrimental to a good sleeping schedule. If your loved one loves to have caffeine late in the day, for example, that can be a prime culprit in her lack of sleep. Start keeping track of what your loved one eats and drinks and when she does it. You might also want to track things like how she feels and how she sleeps. It won’t take long for you both to spot patterns in the results.
Use Natural Light as Much as Possible
Natural light is how your loved one’s body knows to set its internal clock. When she’s able to get plenty of natural light exposure during the day, her body knows that it’s time to be awake and to be doing activities. In the evening, as it gets darker, your loved one’s body knows it’s time to start shutting down for sleep. Take advantage of natural light as much as you can.
Don’t Stress about Sleep
Above all, don’t stress or worry about the sleep your loved one is getting or even not getting. The more you make it a big deal, the more that stress and worry can actually sap your sleep plan of its effectiveness. Try to chill and let the good sleep happen.
Hiring senior care providers can help you to manage your loved one’s sleep routine even when you have to be somewhere else. That way you’re able to stay on target.
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