How does Medicare work with Insomnia?

medicare work with insomnia

One of the most common conditions among the old and young is that dreadful state of staring at the ceiling wishing for sleep but never achieving it. This is commonly caused by anxiety, but not all sleep issues are the same.

These helpful tips can change those lethargic days into productive adventures that lead to an easier and more sound night sleep. Always consult your doctor if the problems become unbearable, but if medication is something you want as a last resort, these few behaviors might help.

Caffeine Control

Only have small amounts of Caffeine can help get your body going. It may just be the thing keeping you up. Not drinking coffee in the morning is a big ask, I understand, but as we age, our bodies metabolize caffeine differently, almost creating an extended-release effect in the body. Be aware of how Caffeine affects you after the mid-morning hours at the very least to see if sleep comes a little easier.

Start Journaling

However, this looks to you; please do it. Each day, begin by making a list of tasks to finish either long term and working toward or short term and knocking them out daily. This ties into the anxiety of not being able to sleep. It is impossible to begin to solve the issues pressing when you are not sure what they are. Journaling makes these ideas concrete and visible, creating a drive to check them off the list. You are never too old to have goals, so please journal and chronicle your day. It helps with memory and sleep.

Sudden Change in Schedule 

This is geared more toward those newly retired or lost a loved one they were caring for. Retirement can come from a loss of purpose and usefulness. People in general, loathe a feeling of uselessness and can make them wonder about their future. Caretakers often feel a loss and sadness in which time can only mend a broken heart, but alas, the sleeplessness remains. In both of these cases, journaling and writing are your best options.

Along with journaling, creating a routine at first will be helpful to move you toward new friends and activities you would have otherwise hermit yourself from. Be active and out there, responsibly, of course.

Exercise

This is something everyone should be doing if they are well enough to perform physical activity. This, by very definition, will make your body and mind tired. The use of your body is crucial for sound sleep. Understanding your body’s limits and becoming familiar will prevent injury and wear your body down, so sleep is necessary. Walking is the primary exercise; keeping your cardiovascular system pumping and leg muscles toned and strong will help sleep and anxiety.

Use elastic bands; these low-impact exercises are easy on joints and effective for upper body strength. Both of these exercises are for men and women. Exercise does not discriminate; just go slowly and stay hydrated. Always consult your doctor if you require specific exercise or lack mobility.

Do Not Stare at the Ceiling 

This is the most crippling of feelings. There are many reasons why we lie awake at night, but wondering will get us no sleep and no answers. It is recommended to get up out of bed, perhaps make a cup of herbal tea and read something you are genuinely interested in. Do not try to read through drowsiness; the book will be there in the morning. The moment drowsiness sets in lay back down and think about what you were reading. This has proved useful for tricking the brain out of worry.

Tired senior hispanic man sleeping on couch, taking afternoon nap

Sleeplessness can be one of the most miserable situations you find yourself in. There is no shortage of help online for this condition, from oils to meditation, but being proactive to prevent the sleepless night is the first step to eliminating this ever-increasing problem in seniors.

If you suffer from sleeplessness and lack the required coverage to visit a doctor or specialist, visit us HERE to speak with someone who can help you receive coverage.

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