Nearly half of all American adults over 60 suffer from insomnia.
Defined as difficulty falling and/or remaining asleep, insomnia is often overlooked during our loved ones’ senior years. But in fact, many might be surprised to learn that our elderly parents require just as much sleep as we do: a full seven to nine hours per night.
The aging process does update our sleeping patterns over the years, but physicians agree that if certain symptoms become noticeable, your loved one may be exhibiting telltale signs of the disorder, which include, but are not limited to:
- Waking up in the middle of the night and not being unable to sleep again before daybreak;
- Taking longer than a half-hour to fall asleep in the first place;
- Feeling tired or sleepy throughout the day;
- Falling frequently and/or becoming accident-prone;
- Suffering from depression or often becoming irate;
- Forgetting things more than usual.
Causes of insomnia can range from pain resulting from other health issues, to reactions to certain kinds of medications, to stress brought on by life-altering circumstances like death of a loved one, or relocating to another residence later in life. The list goes on. Because of the wide array of origins, doctors advise us to be on watch of our parents whenever any changes in lifestyle occur.
If you believe that insomnia may be affecting the your senior loved one, talk to her or him about it and make an appointment for them to see a physician. You might learn that the solution could be as simple as a change in their sleeping habits and/or diet – or you could find out about a more serious issue that should be dealt with.
Either way, you’ll sleep better knowing that the right questions have been asked to ensure treatment that hopefully will allow your parent’s future to be filled with many, many restful nights.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
There is no manual on how to take care of your parents as they age. They had a baby book when you were young. You have us. -Amy