People have different requirements when it comes to sleep. Most experts recommend seven or eight hours each night. Arthritis pain creates a new challenge. Seniors wake in the night with aching joints. They shift position or walk around. Getting back to sleep is hard.
Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep when aching joints are a problem.
Buy Lightweight Bedding
Heavy blankets and comforters pin arthritis sufferers down and increase joint pain. Seniors should choose lightweight comforters and blankets instead. If there’s no allergy to feathers, down is a great option.
People with arthritis often report duvets help ease pain. A duvet is a protective cover that slides over a lightweight down comforter. The duvet goes on the bed without the need for a top sheet. When it’s laundry day, seniors simply toss the duvet cover in the wash and put it back on the comforter after it’s dried.
Invest in a Memory Foam or Pillow-top Mattress
A firm mattress that doesn’t offer any give may end up increasing a senior’s joint pain. They benefit from a mattress that offers support but has a pillow-top or memory foam top to cradle the curves. With a mattress that conforms to the body’s natural curves, seniors are less likely to wake up in pain.
If there’s no money for a new mattress, there are memory foam toppers that also work. These fit over an existing mattress like a mattress cover to offer a little more cushion.
Stretch the Body Before Bed
About half an hour before getting into bed, seniors should stretch out all of their muscles. By loosening muscles shortly before bed, it can help keep muscles from tightening up and leading to aches and pains while trying to get to sleep.
Talk to Your Doctor About the Best Pain Reliever
Prescription pain medications can be addicting. However, there are over-the-counter medications that can help keep pain to a minimum during the night. Seniors should talk to their doctor about some of the long-lasting nighttime pain relievers that help with arthritis pain.
Turn on a Fan
A cool bedroom is better for a good night’s sleep. Fans help move air around and creating a cooling breeze. In addition, a fan adds white noise that can help seniors stay asleep by blocking out traffic noises, wild animals, and other noises that can wake them up.
During the day, seniors with arthritis often need supportive homecare services. Homecare aides help with laundry, household chores, and transportation. Learn more about the ways homecare providers help elderly people with joint pain. Call our homecare agency now.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Homecare Services in Manhasset NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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