According to a new study published in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, most people caring for a loved one with dementia don’t get enough sleep, reports Good Therapy.
Most awake frequently and sleep less than six hours each night.
The researchers suggest the caregivers’ sleep issues may stem in part from their loved ones’ sleep patterns. Many people with dementia wake frequently or wander at night. These disturbances may interrupt the caregivers’ own sleep.
The study analyzed the sleep habits of 43 people. Each participant was a caregiver to a family member with dementia. They were all over the age of 50 and lived in western New York.