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 the early evening and watch portion sizes.
Limit the news because stories about accidents and bombings may cause a person with dementia to obsess.
Understand your loved one’s sleep preferences and accommodate.
Check out things from your loved one’s point of view.
Make sure the mattress is comfortable and the bedding is inviting.
Wind down at the end of the day with simple tasks.
Build excitement for the next day.
Make bedtime a pleasant experience.
Provide a favorite soothing and familiar classical piece or a lullaby.
Tell a favorite story from your loved one’s childhood or recite a popular family prayer.
Install rope lightning on baseboards or small night lights from your loved one’s room to the bathroom for guidance.