Give It a Rest: Tips for Sleep-Deprived Caregivers

by ALSN Staff on Mon, 2012-10-01 09:45

Getting enough sleep is essential to a caregiver's physical and mental health — here's some ways to catch more zzzz's

Article Highlights:
  • Research shows that a caregiver's sleep levels are the best predictor of depression levels. A caregiver’s lack of sleep due to caregiving duties also can lead to a host of other physical and cognitive problems, both for the caregiver and their loved one.
  • For caregivers, getting up several times a night may not be as big a problem as not being able to fall back to sleep quickly afterward, say sleep experts who offer tips on ways to catch enough zzzz’s while caring for a loved one.
Editor’s note (Sept. 28, 2012): This is a reprint of an article that first ran in the magazine in December 2001. Click here to read Give It a Rest.
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