Sleep when you can, wherever you can!  Even though it’s easy to put your loved ones needs ahead of your own, you must, must, must remember to take care of yourself first!

Have a family member, friend, neighbor, hospice aide, or volunteer relieve you so that you can get some much-needed shut eye.

You don’t want to leave his/her side–trust me, I’ve been there!–but taking time away from the hospital or nursing home is key.  

I know that it’s easier said than done, but just as flight attendants instruct passengers to put the oxygen mask on one’s self before helping the person in the next seat over … attend to your needs first and you’ll be better equipped to care for your loved one!