Nighttime anxiety is something that your elderly family member might experience once in a while or chronically. It can lead to insomnia and to other issues, especially if you’re not able to sleep well as a result. These ideas below can help.
Help Her to Develop a Solid Bedtime Routine
Sleep hygiene is a term that refers to the routines that lead up to your senior getting ready for and going to bed. if she has a routine that works well for her, then she’s gently led through that routine into a great night’s sleep that pays off for her the next day. Bright lights and screens before bed or trying to go to sleep directly from a chaotic evening routine usually won’t work well. A relaxing routine that helps your senior wind down the day and approach sleep from a relaxed standpoint works much better.
Look for Potential Causes for the Anxiety
Anxiety can occur for so many reasons. Your elderly family member may feel more uncomfortable after dark when every noise seems like it could be something sinister. Or she may take medications that leave her feeling anxious. It’s important to talk with her doctor so that you can rule out any potential medical causes for anxiety as quickly as possible.
Make Sure Someone Is Available
Even if you and your elderly family member live in the same home, you may not be able to be your senior’s overnight comfort when she’s feeling extremely anxious. You do need sleep, too, especially if you have other responsibilities that need your attention. This is when having elderly care providers who can help your senior at night can be incredibly helpful. They can take the night shift so that you can get some rest and your senior has someone she can count on.
Try to Address Common Needs
Sometimes basic needs are to blame for anxiety. This is especially the case if there’s no immediate threat or reason for your senior to feel concerned. She might be hungry, in pain, or need to use the bathroom. You can make a checklist of sorts that includes all of these basic needs and give each a try. Once the anxiety eases, it’s highly likely you landed on the culprit for now.
Anxiety is a very real issue for your aging adult, even if there’s not any tangible reason for her to be feeling that anxiety. When you address the underlying issues, you validate her feelings and you leave the path open to finding a solution that can help at least a little bit.
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I started my career as an ICU nurse over 30 years ago. I have functioned as an educator and preceptor mentoring new nurses in the clinical arena. I have sat on many Patient Care committees authoring a variety of patient care protocols.
In 2007, I saw an opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care services in the home and founded Caring Solutions Home Care. Over the last 10 years I have functioned as the Director of Nursing overseeing all client care, administrative and personnel operations.