Elder Care in Philadelphia PA
If you often feel like you are not getting enough sleep at night, it is probably difficult for you to get the energy needed to take care of your daily responsibilities. This is especially true if your elderly loved one has a medical condition that makes it difficult for them to sleep for a straight seven to nine hours each night.
One way to combat feelings of exhaustion is to hire an elder care provider to take over for you. Having someone take care of your caregiving responsibilities will give you the opportunity to take a much-needed nap. Other ways to get the energy boost you need to get through the day includes the following tips.
- Snack smart. Sure, a doughnut or pre-packaged snack is convenient, but take a closer look at the nutritional facts on its package or box. Chances are it is loaded with fat and/or sugar. These snacks may give you a quick burst of energy, but then will quickly cause you to crash. Choose healthy snacks that will give you energy throughout the day, such as apples or bananas.
- Eat several meals. You heard me right – eating several small meals throughout the day can actually give you more of an energy boost than consuming three large meals. Try to incorporate foods that are high in protein as they can provide you with energy than simple carbohydrates.
- Limit caffeine intake. Having more caffeine may seem like the answer to your exhaustion, but this plan can actually backfire. Too much caffeine can cause you to easily become irritable and unable to sleep at night.
- Take a cat nap. If possible, try to take a short 10 to 20 minute nap. Studies have shown that a short nap can reduce your chances of coronary heart disease. If you do decide to take a nap, make sure someone is available to watch over your elderly loved one.
- Go for a walk. A brisk 30 minute walk will leave you rejuvenated by bringing oxygenated blood to the muscles and organs, boosting your mood and speeding up your metabolism.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will prevent the body from becoming dehydrated, which could cause you to feel more sluggish and weak.
- Take a cold shower. A warm shower is what you need if you want to relax at the end of a long day. But it can also leave you feeling sleepy. Take a quick cold shower or splash your face with cold water to help wake you up and give you a burst of energy.
- Have a plan. If you know that you will be up most of the night, communicate this with your boss. They may allow you to take the day off to catch up on your sleep. You may also want to consider having an elder care provider watch the senior while you rest.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home elder care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-274-0900.