They also commonly drive family caregivers crazy. Because when your spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s doesn’t sleep well, this often means that you don’t sleep well.
If you’ve been struggling with sleep issues in someone with dementia, this article I wrote for A Place for Mom can help:
Here’s what’s covered:
- Why sleep problems are so common in dementia,
- 22 questions you should be ready to answer, to help doctors diagnose the underlying causes of a sleep problem,
- 4 strategies that have been clinically-proven to improve the sleep of a person with Alzheimer’s,
- Which medications are safest to use.
As this research study and others have shown, when caregivers learn to optimize the sleep and routine of people with dementia, sleep does usually get better.
So if you’re concerned about sleep and dementia, take a look at my article, consider the questions, and then approach a healthcare provider for more help.
Remember, sleep is important for health, and it’s especially important for family caregivers.
For more on sleep in older adults (whether or not they have Alzheimer’s), see these posts: