Plenty of TV commercials convince us that a good night’s sleep is a sure bet for a good day. Seniors, on the other hand, know that a good night’s sleep may be more and more evasive due to aches, pains, and other age-related concerns that compound sleep disorders.
It’s something that many of our loved ones face, but it shouldn’t be something we overlook. Seniors could suffer from the following sleep disorders:
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
This condition causes people to jerk and kick their legs every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep.
Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder
A condition in which the eyes move back and forth beneath the eyelids, and muscles cannot move. In other severe cases, the muscles become active and sufferers often act out their dreams.
Restless Leg Syndrome
This could include uncomfortable feelings in the legs such as tingling, crawling, or pins and needles. This condition may make it hard for sufferers to fall asleep or to stay asleep, or could cause them to be sleepy during the day.
So what can you do to help? For starters, first talk to a doctor. Often, occurrences of restless leg syndrome are due to low iron levels and can be quickly reduced with supplements. In addition, if your loved one develops patterns of dangerous physical activity during the night, be sure to set up his or her sleeping area in a way that is safe. Provide plenty of blankets and pillows so that he or she can sleep comfortably. A cup of water with a straw and an easily accessible lamp can also be a good idea.
Any precautions made so that your loved one can sleep comfortably through the night, and without interruptions, will be beneficial and helpful. We all need a long, good night’s rest.
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