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Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role

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  • Make sure their phone is off and their room is as dark to provide no distraction to sleep.

  • Remain calm and supportive if they struggle with getting up at night, and try to keep them composed.

  • Reduce stress levels as much as possible before they go to bed so they can have a clear mind and little to no anxiety.

  • Be willing to work with them and encourage them to try other methods to correct their sleeping problems.

  • Resist the temptation to use over the counter sleeping aids that are intended only for short-term sleeping problems and if used for any length of time, the body will build a resistance to them, causing further problems. 


Seth B. Goldsmith is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences where he taught health law, health policy and other courses. He served as the CEO of Miami Jewish Home and Hospital in the late 1990s and is presently Director of Extendicare, the company that owns and operates 440 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the U.S. and Canada. He is an author and editor of 16 books and scores of articles including several award winning books such as Choosing a Nursing Home (Prentice Hall). 


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