When should I worry about sleep patterns? He sleeps sometimes 16 hours a day. Is this normal or caused by medication or boredom?
Navigating the day can be stressful for someone with Alzheimer’s. Every decision or choice or action takes so much effort! This is one reason dementia can simply be exhausting for your family member.
Your family member’s sleep pattern may in fact be “normal” for him right now in his journey with dementia. That being said, I like to keep trying to support a more active life.
What does your family member get up for—a doctor’s appointment, or a visit to a favorite ice-cream shop? Some people with Alzheimer’s sleep because they have nothing to do. They are bored! If he will wake up for meaningful activities that’s a sign to push him to wake up for different activities he may enjoy.
Consider one other possibility. Depression could be a factor, because it can often go untreated in dementia. A round of anti-depressant drugs may be a good idea. Check with your physician.