Chapter 3: Sleep disturbances
Sleep, or a lack of sleep, has a huge impact on our lives. Getting enough sleep helps us to stay healthy and function well. If you are caring for someone at home, your sleep may be disturbed, and you may not be getting enough sleep.
Is your sleep affected?
Do any of the questions below apply to you? Click the arrows to see.
Has there been a change in how long or how well you sleep?
Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep?
Are you waking earlier than usual or not feeling rested in the morning?
Do you feel sleepy during the day?
Caregivers often downplay their sleep problems and hesitate
to talk about them with their healthcare provider. You may feel your sleep is
less important than what is happening with the person who is ill, or you may
think you can get by with limited sleep and catch up in the future.
Unfortunately, this lack of sleep will likely catch up with you.