July 5, 2012

Whether you are a family caregiver or an elderly person with trouble sleeping, it is important to know the symptoms and consequences of sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can have devastating effects, increasing chances for complications of illness, sensitivity to pain, and increased risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease and a weakened immune system. Understanding the risks and knowing when to seek medical attention is crucial to caring for yourself or a loved one with a sleep issue.

Many times families dealing with the day to day challenges of caregiving for an aging loved one are caught up in treating diseases, making doctor appointments and keeping everyone safe and happy. Sleep disorders are commonly overlooked, because if the disorder is not such that it is keeping the caregiver awake, the family caregiver is resting during those times when the lack of sleep might be noticed.

For this reason, Continuum is providing some useful information on sleep disorders associated with aging and helpful tips on how to get back on track for a good night’s rest. This is important information for our local community and family caregivers. To start, read this Caring.com article “Seven Surprising Reasons You Wake Up Tired” for information on why you might be sleeping poorly, what your symptoms mean, and ways to wake up refreshed and well-rested.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with us to learn more about sleep disorders associated with aging, please call Continuum at (314) 863-9912.