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Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems

 

  • 8/5
    2013
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    3 Bed Safety Suggestions

    Consider installing side railings on bed. Put mattress on the floor to prevent nighttime falls. Clip an alarm to the mattress to alert you if your loved one tries to get up. read more

  • 8/7
    2013
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    3 Quick Tips to Make Bedtime Easier

    Keep your loved one engaged, busy and happy during the day. Play some soft music or get some soothing aroma therapy for the bedroom. Sometimes just sitting with your loved one till they fall asleep can calm them and help them fall asleep sooner. read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    5 Foods That Help You Sleep

    Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in… read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    5 Ways to Regulate Sleep in Severe Dementia

    People with severe dementia sometimes begin to sleep more by day, only to awaken at night. The day-night mix-ups can disrupt an entire household. Some tactics to cope: Always mention changing sleep habits to the doctor. You want to rule out causes other than the progression of dementia (such an infection or depression), since this… read more

  • 7/15
    2013
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    A Few Tips on Avoiding Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems

    Try to develop a sleep schedule. Understand your loved one’s medication and their possible effects on sleep. Limit caffeine. Consider safety precautions to ensure your peace of mind and a restful sleep. read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    Alzheimer's and Staying in Bed All Day

    Check with your loved one’s physician to rule out any illness. Modify communication to be more tactile and less verbal. Try physically transferring one instead of negotiating with words. read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Alzheimer's Patient Sleeps 48 Hours without Eating or Drinking

    If your loved one is struggling from abnormal sleep issues and his or her health is deteriorating, it is strongly recommended that you talk to his or her doctor about their sleeping patterns. This is not typical. You need to determine what is causing your loved one to sleep for such extended periods of time… read more

  • 7/15
    2013
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    Comforting Phrases For Your Family Member Who Struggles at Bedtime and With Sleep

    “Here’s the bathroom mom. You head in and I’ll wait for you.”  If it’s bedtime, say: “I’m really tired. You must be, too. Let’s go to bed now.” “Why don’t we dim the lights, turn down the TV and read a bit before bedtime.” “We did a lot of work in the garden today and… read more

  • 7/15
    2014
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    Contributing Factors to Sundowning and Sleep Disturbances

    The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  ©2013 Alzheimer's Association, reused with permission. Scientists don't completely understand why sleep disturbances occur with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Some studies indicate as many as 20 percent of persons with Alzheimer's will experience increased confusion,… read more

  • 7/15
    2014
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    Coping Strategies for Sleep Issues and Sundowning

    The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  ©2013 Alzheimer's Association, reused with permission. People with Alzheimer's and dementia may have problems sleeping or increases in behavioral problems that begin at dusk and last into the night (known as sundowning). Use the following… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Expert Advice to Make Bedtime Easier

    Daytime activity is important—keep your loved one active by going outside, talking walks, finding a day center, or hiring someone to engage. Routines are key to people with dementia. Consider having an evening happy hour or herbal tea. Take a few moments to sit with your loved one and provide reassurance. Check with a physician… read more

  • 7/9
    2013
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    How to Avoid Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems

    Commit to helping your loved one get up a little earlier each day. Wind down at the end of the day and look forward to sleep. Avoid caffeine and switch to de-caffeinated if your loved one enjoys coffee. Ensure your loved one is exposed to sunlight before mid-afternoon. Exercise daily. Eat main meal at midday.… read more

  • 7/9
    2013
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    How to Communicate With Your Loved One When They Struggle at Bedtime

    Plan Ahead. Cue. Reason. Provide comforting touches. read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    How to Handle Your Loved One's Nightmares

    Check your loved one’s medication. Some drugs can cause vivid dreams. Discuss with the doctor about the dosage or maybe discontinuing the medication. read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    One Solution to Help with Sleep Problems

    Some have found it helpful to provide a stuffed animal to get their loved one back to bed. Your loved one may feel they are taking care of someone and it could ease their anxiety. read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    One Tip to Help Sleep Through the Night

    If your loved one is having irregular sleep patterns, you might want to limit the amount of beverages they drink close to bedtime, as the need to go to the bathroom during the night may wake them up. If the sleeping situation worsens, their doctor may also consider prescribing medication to help them sleep. read more

  • 8/12
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    Overview: Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems

    Nighttime can be challenging and even more so for caregivers. We all tend to wear out by the end of the day, but you may notice that your loved one’s symptoms can appear to worsen in the late afternoon and evenings. People with dementia might also confuse day and nighttime, causing sleep disturbances. Be sure… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Practical Solutions for Irregular Sleep Patterns

    It may help to encourage your loved one to be physically and mentally active. Try to keep a bedtime routine and avoid too much napping as that can interrupt sleep patterns. Be careful about caffeine—this can make the problem worse! read more

  • 7/15
    2013
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    Strategies for Your Loved One Struggles with Bedtime and Sleep Problems

    Try encouraging your family member to get up a little earlier each day. Engage your loved one in physical activities such as gardening, walking and helping with housework. By providing adequate fluids to your family member, you decrease the risks of nighttime leg cramps and other discomforts. Serve the last meal of the day in… read more

  • 8/8
    2013
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    Tips to Encourage Changing into PJs for Bed

    Get your loved one laughing and joking before bedtime to make the transition to bedtime easier. Present the pajamas as a new gift that you got for your loved one. Let them open it and encourage them to put it on. These can be new pajamas or existing ones that you wrap up. Stick to… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Tips to Handle Sundown Syndrome

    Establish an afternoon routine (afternoon tea party, ice cream cone, music), or allow for a nap or rest earlier in the day. Try something physical later in the day, e.g. an exercise program or short walk. Going out of doors to get some sunshine or fresh air may also help (climate allowing). read more

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    What to do about Hallucinations and Fear at Night

    Don’t try to argue with your loved one if they are saying they see something at night. Accept that these are real fears. Perhaps when they go to bed, make a show of locking up the windows and door. Try a night light. Help them get tucked in and let them know that the house… read more

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