Care recipient (cr) has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

Try: #consult a doctor if the cr has ongoing trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night or if lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep are affecting feelings or behaviors #sleep may be affected by medical mental health conditions medication stress caffeine intake or pain look for changes in these areas that may be associated with difficulty sleeping consider reducing stressful situations or discussing with the cr cr’s doctor alternative medications or dosages to promote better sleep #encourage what sleep specialists call better sleep hygiene ##encourage the cr not to sleep in front of the television ##encourage the cr to stop watching television at least a half hour before trying to sleep ##don’t serve caffeinated products coffee tea milk chocolate in the afternoon or evening ##consider replacing use of caffeinated products with caffeine-free food and drinks if a cr is addicted to caffeine assist the cr to taper off during a two to three week period to avoid the headaches that may accompany quitting cold turkey make sure the cr continues drinking an adequate amount of fluid ##encourage a regular schedule for rising and going to bed and for taking naps discourage long naps and naps after dinner make the process of going to bed as routine as possible for example have a small snack get undressed go to the bathroom and go to bed all at a regular time ##if possible discourage watching television or eating in the bedroom reserve the bedroom for sex affection or sleep

Materials: Physician better sleep hygiene caffeine-free alternatives to caffeinated drinks and food

Categories: Personal, Mobility, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision

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

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