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Why You Should Be Obsessed with Sleep as a Caregiver

If you’re not obsessed with getting plenty of sleep during your time as a caregiver, you’re missing out on tons of benefits. Here’s why you should be figuring out how to get the right amount of sleep for you as soon as possible.

Caregiver in Petaluma CA: The Importance of Sleep

Caregiver in Petaluma CA: The Importance of Sleep

It Boosts Memory and Brain Power.

It’s really hard to think when your brain isn’t getting the sleep it needs. When you sleep, your brain does some work in the background to help you categorize and retain information and memories that you encounter when you’re awake. Without the right amount of sleep, the brain can’t do this important work and it loses track of where it stores the information you need. That’s why you feel as if you can’t remember anything.

It Boosts Immunity.

When your body gets the sleep that it needs, it’s not just your brain that is able to do what it needs to do. Your body also uses the time that you’re asleep to manage processes that aren’t possible when you’re awake and active. Hormone levels, blood pressure levels, and inflammation levels are all easier for your body to manage when it’s had the rest that it needs.

It Can Beat Anxiety and Stress.

Stress and anxiety are both big problems for caregivers and you might have already noticed that if you’re sleep deprived, those issues are bigger than ever. Start tracking when you feel most anxious. You might be surprised to realize that those times coincide with the times you’re not sleeping as well as you should be. When you start getting the sleep that you need, you can deal more effectively with what causes you stress and anxiety. It’s easier to see solutions rather than problems.

You Might Just Eat Better.

Cravings for unhealthy food and relying on less healthy choices are both side effects you might encounter if you’re not sleeping well. Caffeine, sugar, and other stimulating ingredients sound a lot better when you’re sleep-deprived than they might if you’re getting plenty of sleep. The big problem is that these ingredients can contribute to the vicious cycle and make it difficult for you to sleep when you’re ready to try again.

If you’re not able to get the sleep that you need, your first stop needs to be with your own doctor. Once you rule out medical causes of poor sleep, you can start to get a handle on other problems that could be getting in the way.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Petaluma, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.