Sleeping Tips for the Elderly

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There are many elderly citizens that have some sort of sleeping disorder or other sleeping issues. If the senior citizen you are taking care of is having sleeping issues, there are some sleeping tips that can help them out. You can encourage them to follow through with these sleeping tips, so they can finally get better quality sleep.

Elder Care Nazareth PA - Sleeping Tips for the Elderly

Elder Care Nazareth PA – Sleeping Tips for the Elderly

Monitor Their Medications

There are certain medications that can cause someone to get lower quality sleep. Some medications keep senior citizens up at night. You should learn all you can about each and every one of the medications your loved one is taking. Make sure you know all the side effects that could be coming from each medication, as well. If you start monitoring their medications, you can see if those are leading to any of their sleep issues. If they seem to be, talk to their doctor about possible medication changes.

Taking Hot Baths

Another sleeping tip to help your loved one get better sleep is to have them take hot baths about 30 minutes to 1 hour before they go to sleep. The hot baths will keep your loved one’s body temperature stable, so they don’t get too cold when they are trying to fall asleep. It raises the temperature in the bath and cools them down when they get out. This is very comforting to many people. Hot baths can help your loved one to get deeper sleep, too.

White Noise

While white noise is generally associated with babies, it can be very beneficial to senior citizens who need to get better quality sleep, as well. White noise is a constant noise that can block out disturbing noises or random thoughts in one’s mind. If you find that your loved one is having difficulty falling or staying asleep because they are a light sleeper or they think too much at night, white noise may be able to help them.


Research does show that exercising helps people to get better sleep. The body does something similar when exercising to what a hot bath does. The body warms up during exercising and then cools down afterward. This can be comforting to your loved one. Not only that, but exercise helps to stretch the muscles and get knots out of the muscles, too. This relaxation can help to promote better quality sleep.

These are some of the sleeping tips for the elderly. If you are taking care of an elderly loved one, these are some of the tips that can help you to get them better quality sleep. If you can’t be with them all day or evening to assure they are following through with these tips, you may want to hire an elder care provider to assist them.


If you or a loved one are in need of Elder Care Services in Nazareth PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author