It’s recommended that adults get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Your mom continually falls asleep at 10 p.m. and is wide awake at 2 a.m. You know she is tired, but you’re not sure how to help her. Here are some tips.
Try to Figure Out What Wakes Her Up
Is there a reason your mom wakes up at 2 a.m. each morning? It could be a neighbor comes home and makes a lot of noise while closing doors and locking the car. If that’s the case, white noise in the bedroom may help block outside noise.
A streetlamp outside shines right into your mom’s bedroom. Even with the slats on her blinds closed, the light comes in. Room darkening blinds are a great idea.
Establish a Nightly Routine
Make sure there is a routine she follows at night. She might want to do a short Yoga workout before going to her room. When she goes to her room, a scent such as lavender can help with relaxation.
Once she’s in bed, she can read for an hour. At that point, she turns on white noise and turns out the light. Reading should help her drift off.
Avoid Too Much Water Before Bed
Your mom likes to drink a glass of water before she goes to bed. Drinking large amounts of water will increase the chances that she wakes up in the middle of the night and needs to go to the bathroom. Once she’s up and has turned on lights or night lights, her body will feel that it’s time to wake up.
Instead, she should stop drinking glasses of water at dinner. She can have sips from that point on, but she should avoid drinking large quantities of liquid.
Avoid Afternoon Naps
Make sure your mom isn’t taking long naps during the day. That can make it harder for her to sleep through the night. If she becomes bored when you’re working and uses naps as a way to pass the time, it’s important to discuss the benefits of in-home care.
To avoid a long nap, your mom needs to stay busy and engaged. When she’s feeling bored, a walk outside in nature invigorates her. A hobby will keep her mind focused on the task at hand.
Instead of spending her day alone with little to do, your mom has caregivers with her during the day. She’ll have someone to join her on walks, which helps her feel safer when she’s outside. She has someone for games, conversations, and to help her with her hobbies.
Sit down and come up with questions you both have about caregivers. Once the list is complete, you’re ready to learn more about the cost of in-home care and what services are available in your area. Call and talk to a specialist.