Dementia : Managing Sleep Problems

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Posted Oct 21st, 2019 in Alzheimer's & Other Dementias

Dementia : Managing Sleep Problems

Use nightlights in the hall and bathroom
A light can reduce the agitation that occurs when the environment is dark or unknown

Create a comfortable and safe sleeping environment
The rest area should be at a comfortable temperature. Door and window locks must be adequate. You can also consider installing sensors and/or motion detectors.

Set a Schedule
Try to have the person go to bed at the same time each night. A bedtime routine, such as reading out loud, also may help.

Avoid heavy meals at night
Larger meals should be eaten at lunch to allow for digestion.

Plan active days
Limit daytime sleep. If your loved one needs a nap, keep it short and make sure it's not too late in the day. Plan activities to do with your loved ones such as walking in the park or close to your neighborhood, or some other games that he /she feels comfortable playing.

Identify the triggers
Limit environmental distractions such as TV, loud music, etc. immediately before bedtime or when he or she wakes up at night.

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