Being unable to sleep can be an awful experience for your elderly family member, particularly if he’s struggling with health issues. Some of these ideas might help a bit.
Adjust Screen Time After Dark
Electronic screens, from televisions and other devices, can interfere with how your elderly family member’s body distributes hormones, particularly melatonin. Melatonin and other hormones help your senior’s body know when it’s time for him to wake up and when it’s time for him to go to sleep. Before trying supplements, consider limiting screen time to allow your elderly family member’s body to catch up naturally.
Look at the Environment in the Bedroom
If your elderly family member isn’t as comfortable as he’d like in his bedroom at night, it’s going to be difficult to sleep. Look for issues such as the room’s temperature, how light or dark the room is, and whether there’s any extraneous noise. Other issues, such as having a comfortable pillow and mattress as well as cozy bedding are equally important.
Reconsider When it’s Time for Bed
Truly, bedtime is just a number on the clock for your aging adult. What might be better is for him to focus on when he’s tired for a week or two. When he’s tired, then it’s time to go to bed and try to sleep. As the other things you’re doing help to regulate your elderly family member’s sleeping schedule that bedtime may still fluctuate.
Set up a Routine
Having a routine for before bed is much more effective for themselves than adults tend to realize. There’s a reason that kids have a routine before bed. It helps them to get into the mindset for getting into bed and going to sleep. Find a routine that helps do the same for your elderly family member, but make sure you don’t infantilize his along the way.
Boost Activity Early in the Day
If you can, help your aging adult start increasing his activity amount earlier in the day, shortly after he wakes up. Morning can be a great time for light exercise, running errands, and all sorts of more active adventures. If you can’t be there with your aging adult, hiring home health care providers could be the answer that you need.
Every aging adult is different, of course, so that’s going to mean that what works for your senior may not fit a cookie cutter recipe.