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New Jersey Senior Home Care – Tips for Better Sleep

Expert Home Care of New Jersey offers free van service for our caregivers directly to our client’s doors in the counties of Bergen, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Essex, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Passaic, Union and Hudson.

Call us when your elder loved one, living in New Jersey, needs home care and live-in care at               800-848-2336

Yesterday our post gave you information on how sleep affects senior’s health. Is it better to get many hours of sleep or better to get sound sleep, less hours, but high quality? Remember a senior suffers when sleep is poor – it adversely effects the elder’s immune system, leaving the individual vulnerable to infection and illness.

Are you looking to get a better night’s sleep? Here are some things to consider:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule – go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends
  • Don’t exercise at least five or six hours before going to bed
  • Avoid caffeine and nicotine. This includes coffee, tea, cola and chocolate
  • Stay away from alcohol before bedtime
  • Don’t eat large meals late at night
  • Avoid medicines that delay or interrupt your sleep, if at all possible. This includes some heart, blood pressure, asthma, cough, cold and allergy medications
  • Don’t nap after 3 p.m
  • Relax before going to bed
  • Take a hot bath at night
  • Have a good sleeping environment – keep the room cool and dark, turn off the TV
  • Try to get outside in natural sunlight for at least 30 minutes each day
  • Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get up and do something relaxing like reading
  • See a sleep specialist if you continue to have difficulty sleeping

 If your aging relative needs senior home care or live-in care please contact Expert Home Care in New Jersey at 800-848-2336.

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