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Mom gets confused when she is tired

Answered by David Troxel

February 23, 2015

My mom has moderate Alzheimer’s. Just recently I have noticed that when she is very tired, she becomes more confused and when she talks she is off the wall. After a good night’s rest she is back to her old self. Is this common?

You should see me when I’m sleep deprived!

I think you’ve answered your own question, but I’ll add this reflection. A person with memory loss has to work a lot harder to get through the day. She may not know what’s happening around her—this can cause added stress. I think people like your mom are more easily exhausted and less resilient than the rest of us.

Figure out ways to assure that she gets adequate rest; hopefully then she will be less “off the wall” and have a better quality of life.

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