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6 Common Sleep Disorders Among the Elderly

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6 Common Sleep Disorders Among the Elderly

It’s no secret to Orlando home caregivers that sleep is particularly important for seniors who often need extra rest to overcome illnesses and health problems. Unfortunately, many seniors do not get the seven to nine hours of sleep they need because of these six common sleep disorders.

1. Sleep Apnea

Seniors with sleep apnea suddenly stop breathing briefly before starting again. This disrupts sleep and leaves them feeling tired all day. A CPAP machine can help them breathe regularly at night, but overweight seniors may be able to beat the condition by losing weight.

2. REM Behavior Disorder (RBD)

This disorder causes recurrent bouts of sleepwalking because seniors act out their dreams instead of lying asleep in bed. In addition to exhaustion, RBD increases the risk of seniors injuring themselves. Live-in Prestige caregivers should remind seniors with RBD to take clonazepam every night before bed. This helpful medication has proven significantly effective in treating this condition.

3. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

RLS keeps seniors from sleeping because they constantly feel the need to move their legs and it often gets worse with age. Regular exercise and avoiding caffeine and tobacco products can help seniors reduce these symptoms and get a good night’s sleep.

4. Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder (CRSD)

The circadian rhythm causes humans to feel sleepy in the evening and awake in the morning, but seniors with CRSD find it impossible to sleep at normal times. Practicing good sleeping habits can help to alleviate CRSD, but seniors who do not have to go to work might just benefit from being able to sleep whenever their body clock tells them to feel sleepy.

5. Insomnia

Insomnia is a basic inability to fall asleep. Sleeping pills can help sometimes, but most seniors get more benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, and avoiding electronic devices an hour before bed.

6. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

This disorder causes unconscious leg and arm movements during sleep that may be strong enough to wake up a senior. Muscle relaxants and anticonvulsant medications can help reduce symptoms of PLMD.

With help from Prestige Home Care, seniors can get the good night’s sleep they need to function properly throughout the day. Our expertly trained caregivers help seniors adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as nutritious diet, physical exercise, and regular sleep schedules to promote overall wellness. Meet with a trusted Care Manager today by calling [phc_phone] to customize a unique care plan for your loved one.

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.