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Helpful Tips for Tired Caregivers

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Here are some Great Tips to help you get a Good Night Sleep by Paula Spencer Scott from Caring.com!

Lack of sleep will make you say and do things you regret. If worry and stress over caregiving are keeping you awake at night, try these ideas:

Do try over-the-counter sleep aids for a few nights to help you establish a better sleep cycle and get the rest you need. These often work as well as stronger sleep medicines available by prescription.

Do try a glass of warm milk, which contains an amino acid that releases relaxing serotonin -- it may lull you into a sleepy state.

Do try a bowl of oatmeal. You'll elevate your blood sugar in a way that triggers sleep-inducing brain chemicals while also getting a natural source of melatonin, which is often used as a natural sleep aid.

Do have a banana. The potassium and magnesium in bananas relax muscles and produce serotonin (associated with relaxation) and melatonin.

Don't count on that relaxing glass of wine or hot chocolate to do the trick. Alcohol can interfere with your ability to attain deep sleep, and hot cocoa contains caffeine.

For information on foods that can help you sleep click here!

The staff here at Dudley’s Home health, Inc. found this article to be very informative and we always strive to find helpful ways to solve any problems that our caregivers may have. We hope that you enjoy this article from caring.com as well!


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