As a family caregiver, the one thing that you really can’t do without is good sleep. If you’re having issues with getting the sleep that you need, it’s time to take some action.
Rule out Medical Causes First.
When you first start having trouble sleeping, contact your doctor first. There are an incredible number of medical causes for sleeplessness that you can get addressed before you try anything else. If there’s a medical cause for your sleep issues, finding out about it now gets you closer to a solution.
Look at Your Sleep Environment.
If your bedroom is too hot, too cold, too bright, or too anything else, that can all cause problems with sleep. Take a long, objective look at what doesn’t work about your bedroom when it comes to sleep. Change what you can now and see how those changes help.
Keep a Journal and Go Over It.
Keeping any type of journal can help you to spot all sorts of issues and solutions. When it comes to sleep problems, start tracking your actual sleep and when you go to bed. Don’t forget to track when you get up and how you felt when you got up. Another piece of information to track in your journal is what you eat and when you eat it because that can also make a big difference in your sleep.
Find a Bedtime Routine that Preps You for Sleep.
Many people scoff at bedtime routines, but they can pay off in a big way. Having one routine that cues your body and your brain that it’s time to go to sleep helps both your brain and your body let go for the night. Some ideas for a bedtime routine could include reading a book, taking a relaxing bath, or listening to soothing music.
Don’t Give Up.
Even if you’re still having issues with sleeping well, don’t give up trying to figure out what the problem is. When you do land on the right solution for you, you’ll be thrilled that you didn’t give up.
Stay on top of how well you’re sleeping, even when you find your solution. Then, if you run into trouble again, you’ll be able to tackle the issue faster.