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What Might Be Causing Insomnia for Your Elder Loved One?

Having a difficult time sleeping isn’t pleasant for anyone, however, if it’s happening to your aging loved one, it will affect you, too. As a family caregiver, it’s necessary to get to the root of your loved one’s insomnia problems so you can help him/ her solve them. We have been providing elderly care in Kolkata from quite a long time now, and our experience identifies that there are mainly two types of insomnia. They are as follows:

Shorter-term insomnia might include a short patch of sleepless nights for your elder loved one. It further can be used to explain occasional problems with sleep that your loved one is having. Some of the reasons for short-term insomnia can include alterations to your elder loved one’s medicine, environmental problems such as noise, or even anxiety. Sometimes the smallest differences can make it challenging for your loved one to sleep properly. Short-term insomnia can cause your loved one to have an irregular sleep schedule, which can eventually make the situation more challenging.

Long-term insomnia is a much more invasive kind of insomnia. This is a class of insomnia in which your loved one consistently has a challenging time sleeping. Some of the causes of this can involve worrying, fear, and even chronic problems with pain. Health problems can even make your loved one have trouble sleeping well. Breathing difficulties, acid reflux, and dementia can all contribute to insomnia. If your loved one has been having sleeping problems for a prolonged period of time, he/ she might be hesitant to try to solve the problem because it seems like it’s always been there.

The first step in controlling your elder loved one’s insomnia is to discuss with the physician. Medication is not always the safest step to take in the start, however, your loved one’s doctor has other resolutions in his/ her bag that he can try first. If you’re not already utilizing a sleep plan including proper bedtimes and wake-up times with your loved one, now might be the best time to start. A sleep diary can further assist you and your loved one’s doctor to figure out the more definite contributing factors to your loved one’s sleep issues.

Work with your loved one’s whole care team, including other family members and with the elder care providers, to stick to whatever plan works to help the loved one to get the sleep that he/she needs.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home health care in Kolkata to provide companionship, compassion and motivation, please contact the caring staff at Kankei Care. Call today 9830881101 / 9830995002.