Doctors often recommend that seniors get around nine hours of sleep each night because it is important for them to stay well rested and maintain physical and mental wellbeing. However, many seniors find this impossible due to certain sleep disorders that make it difficult to properly rest. Following are six of the most common sleep disorders that Temple home caregivers should watch out for.
This common sleep disorder makes it hard for seniors to fall or stay asleep throughout the night. Sleeping pills, cognitive behavioral therapy, and relaxation techniques can all help with insomnia.
2. REM Behavior Disorder (RBD)
Seniors with RBD do not remain still during their deepest REM cycles. Instead, they act out their dreams by talking and sleepwalking. All this unconscious movement greatly impairs sleep quality and consequently, quality of life during the day. The most effective treatment for RBD is a nightly dosage of clonazepam.
3. Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs during sleep, which causes seniors to briefly stop breathing several times throughout the night. The CPAP machine is a breathing device that helps seniors with sleep apnea to breathe easily while they sleep.
4. Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder (CRSD)
Seniors with CRSD do not have a regular 24-hour circadian rhythm like everyone else, which is why they do not feel sleepy at night or awake during the day. Though avoiding electronics or caffeine in the evening can help with CRSD, many seniors find that it is just easier to sleep whenever they are tired instead of sleeping every night.
5. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
PLMD makes seniors unconsciously move their limbs around in their sleep. These sudden movements can wake up seniors or their sleeping partners during the evening. It is normally treated with either a muscle relaxant or anticonvulsant medication.
6. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
RLS makes it difficult to sleep because it makes seniors feel like they constantly have to move their legs in order to get comfortable. Regularly exercising and not using caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco products can ease these symptoms.
With help from Home Care Assistance of Temple, seniors learn to adopt balanced schedules to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Our flexible live-in and hourly caregivers encourage seniors to maintain nutritious diets, regular exercise regimens, and recurrent sleep patterns. Learn more when you contact us at 254-856-0600 today to set up a free in-home consultation.