It can be pretty hectic at home or work. Finishing long hours at the office, running errands, and other activities can be very exhausting. Juggling all that with caregiving duties is a double headache. How does one get time to sleep? How does one fall asleep with ease? There are a myriad of things that you can do in order to have a good night’s sleep.
- Exercise as many days as possible. Whether it is intense exercise or a light workout, exercise helps with energy in the daytime and then tapers towards nighttime. Avoid exercise right before bed because it can actually make you more energetic and less likely to fall asleep. Light exercise like a 20 minute walk or weight training can help as long as it is done in the morning or afternoon.
- Stick with going to bed at the same time every night. It is important to make this a habit because this regulates the body’s sleep clock. This way, you will fall asleep at a predictable time and decrease the chance of falling asleep too late in the evening. Do not power nap! Napping in the afternoon sounds like a great idea; however, this can make you stay up late at night. Cutting out the siesta after lunch may help you fall asleep better at night time.
- A sleep ritual is a great idea to utilize. When making this ritual, pay attention to your everyday schedule. Plan out what time you are going to sleep, how long you would like to sleep, and where you would like to sleep as long as it doesn’t cause stress or have loud noises and bright lights. Get sound sleep without interruption.
The comfort of one’s bed and pillow is essential to having a good sleep. You want a bed that isn’t too hard and gives great body support. An old mattress may need to be replaced, especially one that is over 10 years old. Pillows should make your head feel like it’s sleeping on a soft puffy cloud! Taking these tips into consideration can make a world of difference for busy people like you.
If your schedule is so over-extended that you don’t have time to sleep, it’s time to do something about it right now. You can’t afford to put sleep off indefinitely – you will just end up crashing and burning.
Getting more time to get a decent sleep means you have to readjust your schedule. Sleep doesn’t take a lower priority than everything else! Garner the help of family and friends. See who can take a shift taking care of your elderly loved one. Most people are eager to help when asked; they just feel too timid to offer most of the time. You can lighten the load of caregiver stress by hiring an expert home care provider a few days each week.
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