Caregiver in Bainbridge GA
As the family caregiver of an elder who is suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders, chances are they are not the only ones who lack sleep. You are most likely awake with them on those sleepless nights, feeling drained of any energy the next day. When your days are spent monitoring the safety and health of an aging parent who is receiving in-home care, you need to be alert at all times. Your first reaction to being sleep deprived may be to reach for a cup or pot of coffee. Before letting the caffeine take over your mind and body, making you jittery and irritable, consider these natural ways to boost your energy and stay alert throughout the day.
Eat five small meals per day
Consuming large, high calorie meals may leave you more sluggish and exhausted than before you ate. Eating five small, healthy meals, especially those rich in protein, will keep your energy strong all day without feeling hungry.
Make smart snacking choices
When we are tired, our bodies often crave carb-loaded snacks that are filled with empty calories. These snacks may give you short bursts of energy, but will make you crash just as quickly. Swap the chips, candy, and baked goods for an apple, orange, banana, or nuts for an energy boost.
Take a power nap
If there is someone in the home who can assist your loved one with elder care, then it is the perfect time to take a quick snooze. Making time for a nap will not only give you energy, but has also been shown to reduce coronary heart disease.
A brisk 30 minute walk will pump oxygenated blood to the muscles and organs, as well as increase your mood. You will also get a healthy dose of vitamin D if you are able to take your walk outdoors.
Being slightly dehydrated can zap your energy pretty quickly, especially since about 60 percent of our bodies are made up of water. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and on top of your caregiving responsibilities.
Limit caffeine intake
Drinking a hefty amount of coffee or other caffeinated beverages may give you energy throughout the day, but overdoing it could make it very difficult to go to sleep at bedtime. Instead, try to keep your caffeine consumption to one or two cups during the day in order to help you fall asleep during your normal bedtime.
Plan for sleepless nights
If you are aware that insomnia is an issue for your loved one, planning ahead will help you survive the following day. Some things to consider is asking your boss if you can come into work late, having a relative or friend watch your children for the night, or ask someone to care for your loved one so that you can take a nap. Whatever your plans for the following day entail, make sure you have a plan in place in case you are up all night.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Bainbridge, GA, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia
AARP. “Energy Boosters for Sleepy Caregivers.” 11 Apr 2014.
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