What Does Your Elderly Loved One Need to Know About Insomnia?

Insomnia is very tough to deal with. If your elderly loved one has insomnia, it could be causing them to go days without sleeping until they crash. This is not good for anyone, especially the elderly. There are some things that you and your elderly loved one should know about insomnia.  

Is insomnia common?

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You might be wondering whether insomnia is common, especially if your elderly loved one is feeling like nobody understands what they are going through. About 20 to 25% of elderly adults experience at least some symptoms of insomnia. So, yes, it is quite common. If your elderly loved one is feeling alone, they can join a support group or talk to others who have this condition. It could make them to feel more understood.  

Why is insomnia a problem? 

Insomnia is a problem for many reasons. First of all, it can cause your elderly loved one to experience high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also cause your elderly loved one to be extremely fatigued. Research also shows that insomnia can speed up the process for cognitive decline. All of these things can worsen your elderly loved one’s quality of life. Do you suspect that your elderly loved one has insomnia? If so, you or their senior care provider should take them to the doctor for a diagnosis. Treatments can be determined from there. 

What should be done if you are worried about insomnia? 

If you are worried about your elderly loved one’s sleep habits or the lack thereof, there are many things you can do. The first thing to do is keeping a sleep journal for your elderly loved one. You or one of the senior care providers can keep track of when your loved one sleeps and when they don’t. The next step would be to take them to the doctor for a diagnosis. This might be something that requires testing and a bit of time to diagnose. After getting a diagnosis, the doctor can let you know which treatments are needed for your loved one. This might include routine changes, medications, and other treatments.  

Conclusion 

These are some of the things that you and your elderly loved one should know about insomnia. Now that you have this information, if you suspect your loved one has insomnia, you can start tracking their sleep habits in a sleep journal. After doing that for a bit, you can schedule them a doctor’s appointment. If your elderly loved one gets an insomnia diagnosis, the doctor will let them know what the treatments are. From there, you and senior care providers can help your loved one to stick to their treatment plan.  

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering senior care in Las Vegas, Nplease contact the caring staff at Essential Care today at (833) 630-3703. 

 

Sources 

https://www.medscape.com/answers/1187829-70589/what-are-treatment-options-for-insomnia-in-elderly-patients 

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