I am noticing that the older my clients get, the more that they crave sleep. I always thought that I would feel like kicking my life into high gear and getting to everything that I wanted to in the past – when I did not have time to do those things. That, however, does not seem to be the case with aging adults! They just want to keep warm under the covers and sleep off anything that could be bothering them.
I have also become aware of the fact that seniors seem to fall back into infant-like sleeping patterns; many times they seem to get their days and their nights all mixed up. I just have to wonder if this is what my future holds.
Just like with a baby, someone needs to keep on top of sleeping patterns for elders. If they stay up too late, someone has to remind them of the time and assist them to bed. Most times I am not present to do that part of the job. Sometimes no one is if the senior lives alone. That is what makes it hard.
I understand that as you age that you do not want anyone telling you what to do, but I cannot help but wonder if disastrous sleeping patterns create even more issues than we are aware of? I think I will have to look into this next – just so I can continue to show my clients that With Age Comes Respect.