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Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role /
A growing number of seniors today
face the difficulty of sleep disorders, commonly
referred to as insomnia. Up to 30% of the elderly
experience infrequent sleep patterns, apnea (the
stoppage of breath), and waking up too early.
Insomnia results in depression, constant fatigue, and
even a decline in health in some people. The causes of
sleep disorder are many and varied, including chronic
pain and previous illness, high doses of medication,
lifestyle changes, and anxiety and depression. All can
play a part in triggering sleep loss and unless changed
can damage your loved ones sleep cycle permanently.
Caregivers usually must face a change in their own life
when dealing with insomnia, and while it can be
controlled, it often takes time. If your loved one has
already begun sleeping less and waking up at odd hours,
you may need to seek assistance from health care
professionals who can assist you in the best treatment.
Consider the following: