Alan has had trouble sleeping his whole life. In his younger years, the stress of work kept him awake at night, and since entering the later stage of life, he often finds himself getting up and down in the night to use the restroom and seek relief from his arthritis pain. While Alan’s story is familiar for some seniors, a recent phone survey conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that many seniors are sleeping just as well; if not better than their younger counterparts.
The study focused on calling 1,200 individuals between the ages of 65 and 97, located in Western Pennsylvania. While past research has shown that seniors tend to go to sleep earlier than younger people, and sleep poorly, researchers believed that much of this data was based on seniors who were ill; thus painting an inaccurate picture of senior sleep patterns.
The Findings On Sleepy Seniors
The study found that the majority of respondents clocked 7.5 hours of sleep on average, with sleep occurring between 11 pm and 7:30 am. Those with more rest reported less daytime sleepiness, while those logging 6.5 hours or less of nighttime sleep reported feeling tired throughout the day. These reports are very similar to those of people in the 25-50 age range!
Managing Senior Sleep With a Homecare Software or Homecare System:
Seniors who have enlisted the help of an elder care agency may find that selecting an agency that utilizes a robust homecare software or homecare system, such as ClearCare, can help effectively manage sleep routines. Here’s how:
- Sleep Schedule Tracking: Preferred sleep schedules can be easily logged in client assessment forms and care plans, which are available to caregivers via secure web log-ins to ClearCare homecare software.
- Bedtime Routine Tasks: Entering tasks associated with nighttime routines into a homecare system allows caregivers to keep seniors in their typical routines – no matter who’s on shift. Tasks assigned a time within ClearCare’s homecare software also ensures that routines stay on schedule.
- Sleep Monitoring: If sleep is becoming an issue, or is an item that a family member or doctor has asked to be monitored, caregivers can easily leave a comment within your homecare software or homecare system regarding amounts of sleep, disruptions or troubles getting to sleep.
Whether you provide care for a senior who enjoys peaceful, easy sleep, or someone who has trouble getting enough shut-eye, a homecare software or homecare system, such as ClearCare can help manage sleep routines with ease.