Care recipient (cr) has difficulty falling asleep

Try: #try not to let the cr nap during the daytime hours especially after dinner #help the cr engage in some activity during the day like taking a walk doing leg lifts while sitting on the couch doing chair exercises etc do not perform these exercises within four hours of bedtime though as they can have a stimulating effect in the short term #serve a light snack in the evening to prevent the cr from waking up hungry during the night #adjust the room room’s noise and lighting to promote sleep #make the cr cr’s bed with multiple layers of lightweight covers that can be removed during the night if the cr feels too warm #help the cr get into a pattern of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day #work with the cr to develop a nightly routine leading to sleep; before bed do things that help him or her relax like reading drinking warm milk or decaffeinated tea listening to music meditating taking a warm bath etc #stop intake of caffeine and alcohol well before bed time #if the cr cannot fall asleep with in 30 minutes of going to bed suggest he or she try reading a book or looking at pictures for a few minutes #if possible discourage the cr from using the bed for anything but sleeping and intimate relations don’t have the cr stay in bed during the day to watch tv do crafts or read if he or she can get up and do those things elsewere in the house

Materials: Books warm tea or milk chair exercise tape meditation or relaxation tapes

Categories: Personal, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Unaware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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