Your normal day begins in the early morning as your help your family prepare for school or work, you perform the daily chores and make the never ending list of errands to run. As a Family Caregiver, all of this must be in done in tandem with providing aid to your senior loved one.
Studies show that many Family Caregivers face adverse side effects of stress when juggling their own home life while caring for a senior loved one. One of the first things that suffers the most during stress is adequate sleep.
In order to provide the intensely involved care your senior loved one requires, you must be alert and rested. If you are stressed and losing sleep, there are several elements of your life and your senior loved one’s life that can be affected.
Adverse Side Effects of Inadequate Sleep:
- Lack of sleep lowers your cognitive reactions and consciousness. This directly affects your ability to think rationally and impairs attention span and alertness.
- Lowered immune systems can be caused from inadequate rest because your body uses sleep to restore itself. The less time you spend sleeping, the less time your body has to fight off illness or recover faster.
- Loss of sleep can increase the risk of chronic illness such as heart disease or diabetes.
These side effects, coupled with the lack of energy that occurs when you are not getting enough sleep are all ways your ability to properly care for your loved one could be compromised. Your mental and emotional health can also be effected as sleep deprivation can cause loss of memory, depression and mental distress.
Sleep deprivation can be avoided by taking care of yourself as you would care for your senior loved one. Oftentimes, caregivers are focused on the wellbeing of others and consequently, their own health becomes less of a priority. However, your ability to provide quality care is directly related to your health and wellbeing. Taking care of yourself comes full circle as a Family Caregiver.
If you are losing sleep because of caregiver stress, Freudenthal Home Health can provide a solution. Entrust duties such as transportation or personal care to our professionals and give yourself the rest you need to be the best caregiver possible for your senior loved one.