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

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… Read More

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… Read More

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

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

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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