How to Identify and Overcome Senior Sleep Issues

How to Identify & Overcome Senior Sleep Issues

If your elderly loved one struggles with sleepless nights, they’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 50% of older adults experience difficulties falling or staying asleep, despite needing 7 to 9 hours of rest each night. While sleep issues are common among seniors, they’re not an inevitable part of aging, and there are steps that can be taken to improve their sleep quality.

Firstly, it’s essential to rule out any clinical sleep disorders, which may manifest as difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, daytime sleepiness, irritability, concentration problems, emotional instability, or reliance on sleep aids. If a sleep disorder is suspected, consulting a doctor is crucial.

However, many seniors’ sleep problems stem from underlying causes. Some common culprits include an unsuitable sleep environment, medication side effects, sedentary lifestyles, complications from chronic diseases, and hormonal changes post-menopause.

To address these issues and promote better sleep:

  1. Create a sleep-conducive environment by keeping the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. Remove electronics and establish a bedtime routine involving calming activities like listening to soothing music, taking a warm bath, or reading.
  2. Review medications with a healthcare professional to identify any potential sleep disruptions. Adjustments to medication may be necessary.
  3. Encourage regular physical activity during the day, with the approval of a doctor. Activities such as exercise classes, daily walks, or swimming can promote better sleep.
  4. Seek advice from a healthcare provider regarding any complications related to chronic diseases that may be affecting sleep.
  5. For women experiencing post-menopausal hormonal changes, implementing lifestyle changes and seeking medical advice can help manage sleep disturbances.


By addressing these factors and implementing appropriate strategies, it’s possible to improve sleep quality for elderly loved ones and enhance their overall well-being.


Applied Home Health Network , providers of home care in Harford County and the surrounding areas depend on, can help with senior sleep issues in a variety of ways as well. Call us at 773-941-5643 to schedule a free in-home consultation to learn more! And visit our Service Area page to find out if our customized home care services for seniors are available in your area.




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