Elderly insomnia isn't just a frustration. It can also lead to mental deterioration and struggle to complete basic daily tasks--a serious concern for many seniors. Unfortunately, many seniors and even their caregivers may fail to recognize signs and symptoms of elderly insomnia for what they are. If you're observing these key signs, a visit to the doctor might be in order.
1: Your Loved One Complains of "Being Up All Night"
Everyone has bad nights occasionally--those nights when sleep just won't come no matter how hard you try. If your loved one is consistently complaining about being up all night, however, it might be time to start listening a little more closely.
2: Stress Levels Have Increased Significantly
Your loved one is reacting badly to things that normally would have a comparatively minor impact. They're struggling to cope with stress, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. Lack of sleep can quickly trigger these reactions, leaving your loved one seeming stressed out and short-tempered.
3: Your Loved One is Depressed
Lack of sleep can trigger significant depression very quickly. If you start to note an increased amount of depressed behavior, including a lack of interest in activities that would once have been important to your loved one, consider whether or not a lack of sleep could be to blame.
4: Impaired Memory
Memory naturally declines as your loved one ages. Significant lapses in memory that aren't due to another underlying problem, however, could be a serious sign of sleep deprivation.
5: Increased Accidents
Your loved one doesn't seem to notice those items on the floor right in front of them. They stumble into corners of tables that have been in the same place for years. Increased accidents, falls, and other symptoms of clumsiness could be due to sleep deprivation.
If your loved one is struggling with sleep deprivation, it's important to seek help as soon as possible.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!