If you’re not getting enough sleep, every day probably feels long and daunting. As a family caregiver, you need to be getting plenty of good quality sleep. Try some of these suggestions to see if your sleep improves.
Make Sure Your Room Is Set up for Sleeping.
If your bedroom isn’t well set up for you to get a good night’s sleep, then sleep is going to be more difficult to come by. Try to keep a television out of the room and choose bedding that is comfortable for you. Look for ways to keep the bedroom cool at night so that you can relax into sleep more easily.
Set Worries Aside Before Bed.
Very often what keeps a family caregiver from getting the proper sleep at night is worrying about what is going on with an aging family member. In order to set your worries aside before you go to sleep, consider taking up journaling. Get all of your worries out on paper so they’re not in your head any longer. If journaling isn’t something that you enjoy, try simply making a list of what is worrying you. You can always deal with the items on your list later.
Practice Deep Breathing.
Deep breathing is an excellent way for you to release tension and prepare yourself for sleep. You can do this as a form of meditation or you can simply concentrate on your breathing. As you take deep breaths, concentrate on relaxing all of the muscles in your body. Trying this before attempting to go to sleep can make the entire process easier.
Give Yourself Permission to Enjoy Sleep.
Sometimes family caregivers feel guilty for enjoying anything that doesn’t involve being a caregiver. You may not even realize that you’re doing this to yourself. One way to start getting past this mental block is to actively give yourself permission to enjoy sleeping well. It might sound silly at first, but it can really work wonders when you’re having a difficult time getting to sleep regularly.
Once you find a sleep routine that helps you to get as much rest as possible, stick with it so that you can experience the benefits of better sleep.