Sep 9 Care Mission

Sleepless Night Care Challenge

Instead of a Care Mission, we're encouraging you to take a Care Challenge to better understand the impact a sleepless night can have on seniors.

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It’s 2 a.m. and your eyes snap open. But instead of falling back to sleep, your mind begins making a to-do list for tomorrow and you replay every conversation you had from the last three days. You drift off just before the alarm goes off and spend the rest of the day fighting exhaustion.

For some seniors, this scenario is common. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the prevalence of sleep disorders, including insomnia, tends to increase with age. According to their study, 44% of older persons experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights per week or more.

We Challenge You to a Sleepless Night

To better understand what an older adult with a sleep disorder may experience, will you take our Sleepless Night Care Challenge?

  1. Set your alarm to wake you up at 3 different intervals throughout the night. Place the alarm clock across the room so you must walk over to turn it off.
  2. Before bed, drink a large glass of water.
  3. Try to fall asleep as you normally would and wake up at your normal time.
  4. Tell us in the comments: How did you feel the next day?

Take this Care Challenge after prior consultation with your doctor or physician. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

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Community Comments

  1. I don’t have to do your mission. My 96 year old mother lives with me and this is a nightly occurrence and I get up with her most of those times. It’s tiring

    Terri
    1 Mission Completed
  2. I have recently done this challenge. The next day I felt tired, distracted, frustrated and disengaged.

    Betsy
    2 Missions Completed
  3. No thanks! I have enough interruptions during the night with having to get up to use the bathroom, the dog being restless and mist recently my back acting up! I truly understand interrupted sleep and will pass on this one!!

    Nancy Cooksey
    29 Missions Completed
  4. I don’t need to do ..it happens to me Drinking a couple glasses of tart cherry juice And turning anything electronic off half an hour before you go to bed will help everyone!

    Karla
    0 Missions Completed
  5. I don’t need to do ..it happens to me Drinking a couple glasses of tart cherry juice And turning anything electronic off half an hour before you go to bed will help everyone!
    Karla I hope this helps some people.

    Karla
    0 Missions Completed
  6. I live this challenge; rare that I sleep through the night.

    Marti
    0 Missions Completed
  7. I was more sensitive to noises around the house and easy waking up … i roll in my bed fighting with my pillows my covers and even worry to about lockkng my doors. The next day i felt foggy i couldnt focus a felt way so tired

    Cookie
    1 Mission Completed
  8. I get up at least two times to used the restroom, taking water pill. Sometimes I go right back to sleep and some times I stayed up for 30 minutes. It’s common for me now.

    Carolyn
    5 Missions Completed
  9. I did it for many years with my 93 year old neighbor /friend . It’s awful. The family has since moved her to a home and she’s medicated all the time. I’d rather her be at home and me with her any day!

    Anne
    1 Mission Completed
  10. I’m a young 71 but I do get insomnia here n there so I know n can sympathize w older seniors
    But I do have fibromyalgia n some side effects r insomnia plus
    Bless all seniors who go thru it as the next day u r tired n exhausted

    Michele ( Mickie ) Hodder
    3 Missions Completed
  11. Stop sending me emails

    Michelle
    0 Missions Completed
  12. Unfortunately, I wake up most nights between 3 and 4. Usually I read for an hour or more than fall asleep again.

    Margaret
    1 Mission Completed
  13. I am one of those that get up a couple times a night to use the bathroom regardless of the amount of water I drink and have difficulty going back to sleep afterwards because my mind is so busy so I totally get what c seniors go through… and my grandmother is 101.

    patricia
    4 Missions Completed
  14. As others have shared, I experience this problem myself! It is tiring & I don’t feel rested most days!! I’m going to try the tart cherry to see if it will help me. Thanks Kara for the info! If anyone else has any suggestions please post them! May God Bless us all & May God Bless America!!!

    Jimmy
    2 Missions Completed
  15. That’s my sleep schedule anyway, so I no how it feels ☹️

    Larie
    5 Missions Completed
  16. As I have a husband who would be affected by this I will pass
    Several years ago this was a nightly occurrence that I finally had to see a doctor. I remember all to well and remember how debilitating sleepless nights are. Leads to napping during the day and a vicious cycle to be in.

    Terri
    1 Mission Completed
  17. All is well so no need for additional challenges at this time 🥰

    Mrs. JB
    1 Mission Completed
  18. I don’t have a Mission experience

    Audria carter
    2 Missions Completed
  19. I’m 70 and this is typical of my nights. I am going to bed earlier, taking tryptophan (5HTP) if I wake in the middle or earlier, and pray lots in the wee hours. Magnesium keeps me off pain killers—my chiropractor as well.

    Libbo
    3 Missions Completed
  20. It was not fun. It is very hard the next day not getting enough sleep the night before.

    Sharleen
    1 Mission Completed
  21. Thank you. BUT
    It has taken over a year for this old lady to achieve a normalized sleep pattern at all and I can share how hellish no sleep nights can be. At first one may just become forgetful of little things. That tiny moment spreads slowly widening like a wedge in a board until the mask of being OK shatters unexpectedly one day. Or, strangely, one can begin to sleep all day thinking this will make up for lost night sleep. It does not.
    Work with youprimary care physician to come up with the best solution for your particular body and situation. It is that important

    Shirley Hasson
    5 Missions Completed
  22. My baby granddaughter keeps me up all night when she’s over. I’m changing her diapers, and fixing her bottles all night. Next day I’m tired, and feel like falling asleep at work, but I always seem pull myself through, because I cherished the time I spent with her.

    Belinda
    6 Missions Completed
  23. Shirley Hasson
    5 Missions Completed
  24. I have suffered with insomnia for many years and I know how exhausting it can be to make it through the day. Thanks for reminding me my mom and other seniors go through this same thing so sharing encouragement, help and kindness, gentleness toward them is vital.

    Melanie
    0 Missions Completed
  25. It definitely makes for a sleepy day.

    Kim
    5 Missions Completed
  26. My husband lives this every night so I’m disturbed many nights. He has tried 3 times to complete sleep study but can’t sleep long enough for study to be completed. Miserable sleep pattern.

    Joyce
    7 Missions Completed
  27. I don’t have to set my alarm for this. Last night was the third night of storms this week with my two big dogs who are scared of them. They get to sleep all day to make up for it!

    Laura
    5 Missions Completed
  28. No thank you, I am fully aware of how blessed I am when it comes to sleeping. I fall asleep fast and stay asleep. I can not function without at lease 7hr sleep. Groggy all day and will nod off if i sit still for 5 minutes.

    stacy
    2 Missions Completed
  29. I said “Hi” to Verna. She said she’s turning 65 in two months therefore she considers herself a senior. Verna & I attended a Children’s Ministry workshop at our Church today.

    Susan
    1 Mission Completed
  30. I don’t feel like a senior as I’m 56 but I awoke about every 2 hours during last night & I’m tired today.

    Susan
    1 Mission Completed
  31. Sleep deprivation is AWFUL! I feel worn out and can hardly navigate! Plan: pray for all older folks to be able to get good nights sleep!!!

    Sharon
    2 Missions Completed
  32. I’ll try this after my doctor’s appt this Tuesday.

    Susan
    1 Mission Completed

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