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5 Health Effects Poor Sleep Has On You as a Family Caregiver

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Family Caregivers in Milford CTIt’s late at night and you just got home after taking care of your elderly mother. Your day was incredibly long. It might’ve started well before 5 AM with the alarm signaling it was time to get up. Yet, no matter how tired you feel, the moment you crawl into bed and draw the covers up about you, you can’t seem to chase sleep down.

There could be a number of reasons for this, but most likely it has to do with stress you feel as a caregiver. While you may learn to cope with a lack of sleep, may be struggling to get three or four solid hours every night, it’s going to have long-lasting effects on your health.

Here are five health effects that poor sleep can have on your life when you’re a family caregiver.

Health Effect #1: Lack of focus.

When you don’t get enough sleep you’ll have a tendency to lose focus during the day. You may be at work in a meeting and can’t keep track of what a presenter is saying to you. You could also lose focus when you’re driving and that can become a dangerous situation.

Health Effect #2: Increased risk of illnesses.

When you’re not getting enough sleep your body doesn’t have the opportunity to recuperate from the day. This lowers your immune system and increases the risk of getting sick.

Health Effect #3: Increased risk of heart attack.

When you’re not getting proper rest your body is not able to recharge. You’re also not giving your brain and heart the ability to rest. “Lack of sleep doesn’t necessarily cause heart disease,” says Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “It really increases the risk factors for heart disease (WebMD).”

Health Effect #4: Poor exercise.

People who don’t get enough sleep during the night begin to feel rundown and tired throughout the day. This decreases the potential for getting exercise. Even if you don’t go to the gym on a daily basis, you may try to get other types of exercise in during a day. When you’re not getting enough sleep, though, your exercise habits will likely be affected.

Health Effect #5: Safety.

Your safety is going to be directly compromised by a lack of sleep. You could be rushing up and down stairs, losing focus behind the wheel of your automobile, or simply not paying attention when you are preparing a meal.

All of these issues can be incredibly dangerous so if you’re feeling too much caregiver stress and can’t get to sleep at night, it’s time to consider relying on the services of a home care aide, at least to help out throughout the week. March 6th through the 12th is National Sleep Awareness Week, so pay attention to your own sleep habits if you’re a family caregiver.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Milford, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at SYNERGY HomeCare. Call today! 203-713-9446

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Abid Mahmud

Abid is a Partner in SYNERGY HomeCare of Milford. Abid joined SYNERGY HomeCare in July 2015 and since then has been involved in actively promoting the business of non-medical home care that specializes in providing personalized and comprehensive home care plans allowing clients to maintain their quality of life and independence in a familiar environment. He oversees complete operations of the business with an aim to propel the business in the most proficient manner by offering cost-effective and efficient solutions to the clients.

Abid joined the Navy in 1979 as a Cadet and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983.He completed his Bachelors and later Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering.He served onboard various ships as Chief Engineer.Over the years in the Navy, he held increasing responsible posts in field, staff and command positions.After seeking an early retirement from the Navy in 2007, Abid got involved in project management of thermal power plant whereby he was responsible for engineering, construction, erection, commissioning and operation of various power plants.

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