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    Inability to sleep well is one of the most frequent complaints of the elderly.

    Discuss the rationale for this phenomenon in the elderly client.

    Present an example of a time you cared for an elderly client who had problems sleeping.

    Rather than giving sleeping pills what can nurses in acute care facilities do to help facilitate sleep and rest for elderly clients?

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    There are a number of reasons that may cause the inability to sleep well for elderly individuals. Due to the fact that we experience more illnesses as we age, the effects of medical illness and other medical conditions can be responsible for the inability of elderly individuals to obtain the sleep that they need. In addition, some of the medications that these individuals have to take in order to combat illness and other medical conditions, may have side effects that include sleeplessness, etc. Another factor that may be partly responsible for the inability of many elderly individuals to sleep well, may be the fact that many elderly individuals have retired from jobs, which has caused a dramatic change in their sleep patterns, and it may be hard for these individuals to adjust to such a large amount of downtime. The psychological distress that may be caused by the loss of physical abilities, loneliness, the loss of loved ones and friends, the fear of death and dying, and other factors, can also be contributors to the inability to sleep well.

    I once had to care for an elderly patient who had problems sleeping, due to nightmares. These nightmares were caused by experiences that the individual had during the Korean War, and what I had to do was to talk with this individual about positive things such as fishing and golf, which this individual enjoyed, until they fell asleep. The positive imagery caused by our discussion, helped the individual to sleep through the night.

    Rather than giving sleeping pills, nurses at acute-care facilities can help to facilitate sleep and rest for elderly clients by ensuring that is very quiet during bedtime hours, turning off as many lights as possible, and encouraging clients to read enjoyable positive literature before bed. In addition, if it is medically feasible and safe, attempt to have clients take their vitamin and mineral supplements in the evenings before bedtime, due to the fact that many of the B vitamins have a calming effect on the nervous system, which will help to promote restful sleep.

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