By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
Sometimes sleep and caregiving don’t seem to mix. With a packed schedule, being pulled in a million different directions by elderly parents, kids, jobs and all of the other things that constantly demand your attention, who has time to sleep? And when you do find the time, you toss and turn, your mind races and you lie awake. Does this sound familiar?
Experts say many people unknowingly establish “bad sleep habits” as part of their daily routine…and some of these practices could be keeping sleep away. A lot of things can come between you and a good night’s sleep. You can, however, start establishing better habits so you can consistently get quality sleep.
1. Find your sleep number
First, figure out how many hours of sleep a night will make you feel rested in the morning. You know you’re getting enough sleep if you don’t feel sleepy during the day. Most adults need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
2. Don’t try to make it up
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can’t “make it up” by sleeping late on the weekends, for instance. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Sleeping longer on certain nights or frequent napping will only inhibit your ability to get a good night’s rest the following night. By trying to make up sleep, you are sabotaging your chances of consistently getting a good night’s sleep.
11 Tips for the Best Sleep Ever originally appeared on AgingCare.com