Is it normal for a person with dementia to close her eyes the whole day while being fed, exercised and laid down to bed? At other times, the person with dementia is wide awake while being fed, walking, listening to stories of the paid caregiver. Is this a cycle with people who have dementia?
Dementia patients often become more and more lethargic and tired as the disease progresses. Sometimes patients can sleep all day and then be up all night or vice versa. Often, they seem to just sit quietly, either in a type of daze or possibly with their eyes closed. Their brains are working double time and it can wear them out to the point of exhaustion. There is also the possibility that light might be bothering their eyes. They could be sensitive to the light, especially if it is bright or shining directly into their eyes. Looking for outside sources of discomfort can help when behaviors change suddenly or with little explanation.