Mom with dementia not sleeping

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Trudy999, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Trudy999

    Trudy999 Registered User

    Dec 28, 2015
    3
    Hi friends. I'm new to this forum and desperately need advice. My 90 yr old mom is not sleeping and therefore no one else sleeps. She also thinks this is not her home and asks to go home over and over again.
     
  2. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,349
    Merseyside
    Welcome to TP :)
    Is she on medication?
     
  3. Trudy999

    Trudy999 Registered User

    Dec 28, 2015
    3
    Medication

    Yes. She takes sleeping pills and other medication for cholesterol and thyroid.
     
  4. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,349
    Merseyside
    Then her GP should be your first port of call. Her medication may need adjusting.
     
  5. Trudy999

    Trudy999 Registered User

    Dec 28, 2015
    3

    That has been done.
     
  6. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    6,111
    Male
    Bristol
    Not much advice I can give on the sleeping, OH never stops sleeping other than a few trips to the loo overnight.
    But, Norms suggested the other day that someone with dementia talking about their dead mother may be just missing the comfort and reassurance she gave, so maybe your mum just misses her mum and expresses it that way. I have tried to comfort OH when she talks like that, this is not the family home she was used to right enough, and it does help. Not sure if any of that helps in your case, Trudy.
     
  7. cat6214

    cat6214 Registered User

    Jan 2, 2016
    10
    Central New Jersey
    Many people with dementia do not sleep well

    People with dementia often have a problem distinguishing between day and night. Please talk to her doctor about putting her on a tranquilizer, or about keeping her awake during the day so she sleeps more at night. My 94 year old dad often says "take me home", not realizing that my home IS his home. Don't worry about that, try to deal instead with getting Mum on a medication that helps her sleep at night.
     

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