Five Ways Caregivers Can Get Better Sleep Every Night

Everyone has experienced those nights. You know when you just can’t relax and fall asleep. Those occasional bad nights can end up becoming a chronic problem. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep those sleepless nights to a minimum.

1. Avoid caffeine after 2pm - Avoiding caffeine may be trickier than you think. It’s easy to avoid the caffeine that we are aware of but what about caffeine that sneaks in without us even knowing? One thing to watch out for are sodas we think of as caffeine free like root beer or orange soda (the only way to know for sure is by reading food labels when available). Also, chocolate and decaffeinated coffees contain small amounts of caffeine. Normally this may not affect sleep but in someone having insomnia it may add to the problem. It’s also good to check herbal teas, some are naturally caffeine free but others are not. When in doubt it’s probably better to just pass.

2. Find the correct temperature - Take a warm bath or shower, but not too close to bedtime. The warm water can help you relax but be careful to let your body cool down a bit before trying to sleep as higher body temperatures have been known to interfere with falling asleep.

3. Use relaxation to ease into sleep - Identify things that add stress well before bedtime and get them worked out in your mind. If you wait until you are trying to fall asleep you will be going around in your head instead of relaxing. This is a good time instead for meditation techniques like deep breathing and mindfulness.

4. Create a comfortable bedroom environment - Turn down the lights and avoid the backlit lighting from electronic devices like cell phones and tablets. Make sure the temperature is just right, not too hot not too cold. And your mattress and pillow should be nice and comfortable.

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5. Have the appropriate bedding products - When you are a caregiver you have even more things to worry about including the anxiety of your loved one. By adding a mattress protector by Protect-A-Bed you can eliminate concerns about:

  •  The mattress getting wet (no voided warranties) and no problems with cleanup.

  •  Your loved one feeling bad about a ruined mattress.

  •  Mattress protector fitting correctly, even pillow-top mattresses.

  •  Dust mites or allergens from an older mattress causing allergic reactions.

  •  Becoming overheated because of the Miracle Membrane material.

You can be sure, because these mattress protectors are made out of high quality materials, that it will protect both the mattress and your loved one. And for a long time to come most of the pads have a guarantee of 10 years and will be replaced by the factory should it have issues.

What Can a Waterproof Bed Pad Help With?

The Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors are good for anyone wanting protection but is especially good if you or your loved one has any of the following:

  • Incontinence

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Eczema

  • Night sweats

Remember that when you sleep you're not just relaxing, your brain recharges and your cells repair themselves. Sleep is important to overall health and needed to take on the everyday challenges of life. The little steps you do like lighting a candle in the bedroom, taking a warm bath, and selecting a quality bedding product can prepare your body for rest and give you more energy for the next day.

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