Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – The Myths of Caregiver Insomnia
Insomnia or just restless sleep is something many caregivers experience when handling such life altering tasks. You may find it impossible to shut your brain off at the end of the day or toss and turn all night long. Whatever your problem may be, getting a full nights rest can be a daunting task. Friends, family, and even your doctor may give advice, but there are many “Insomnia Myths” out there.
Take a look at a few tips that may not be working for you, for a reason!
Myth 1: A cocktail or two before bed will make you sleep like a rock.
The fact of the matter is, a cocktail may help you to fall asleep faster, however, as the alcohol moves through out your body it can cause you to become restless or not stay asleep as long. Not to mention, middle of the night bathroom breaks, or waking up in the morning with a terrible hangover.
Myth 2: My Insomnia is strictly because of my stress levels lately.
Even though stress can be the leading cause of Insomnia, it is not the only one. Many factors may play a role in your fidgety night of sleep like an illness or even a side effect from medicine. Ask your doctor if one of your medications may be playing a role.
Myth 3: A nap can help me make up for lost sleep.
Everyone is different. Some people can take a 20 minute nap and wake up feeling refreshed, but for the majority of insomnia patients, a nap in the middle of the day can decrease your brains “sleep drive” and make it much harder to fall asleep at night.
Myth 4: “Oh, its fine, my body will get used to needing less sleep”.
On average, most adults need 8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. You may be able to teach your body how to get by with less sleep and more coffee, however, you are not tricking what your body truly needs. Thinking you can train your body to require less sleep can lead to many consequences so strive for the full 8 hours!
Myth 5: After fighting with yourself for an hour not being able to get to sleep, getting out of bed is a good idea.
Waking up to listen to soft music and read a book for 15 minutes may relax your mind and help you to fall asleep, however, getting completely out of bed and throwing a load of laundry in or watching television will increase your brain activity too much and make it nearly impossible to fall into a deep sleep afterwards.
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