How Do I Cope with Insomnia As A Caregiver?

Insomnia, a sleep disorder recognized by no, little, or poor sleep, is common among caregivers. Sleep is essential for our bodies to function properly; insomnia robs us of proper function and can lead to fatigue, depression, and irritability. There are many causes of insomnia and caregivers may find that a combination of factors are causing their sleep problems. Stress, anxiety, and worry are normal for caregivers and may be a sign of caregiver burnout. Caffeine, medication, and an erratic sleep pattern can all contribute to insomnia. To treat insomnia, caregivers should take time to care for themselves, ask for help, and, if necessary, see their doctor.

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