Mum sleeping a lot

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by MorryLou, Oct 5, 2018.

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  1. MorryLou

    MorryLou Registered User

    Jun 19, 2017
    64
    Female
    Newcastle
    Dear All
    My mother has started to sleep a lot. Yesterday we found her in in the kitchen in total darkness. It was obvious that she had been there a while. When I gave her tea she dropped off immediately after and slept till it was time for bed. She has slept all night too. She is on Memantine and has changed the timing of the drug to night time because of excessive sleeping in the morning. I don't know what to do
     
  2. KathrynAnne

    KathrynAnne Registered User

    Jun 6, 2018
    272
    Female
    South Yorkshire
    I would consult your GP. The side effects of some of the drugs can outweigh the good they do. Also there could be another cause. Maybe your Mum has an infection. Hope things improve for you xx
     
  3. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,674
    Female
    Scotland
    My husband is in his sixth year of diagnosis and is now sleeping more than ever. Fairly fresh in the mornings but as the day progresses I can see he is exhausted. I keep his life fairly calm apart from his day centre but make sure he has a short walk every day just to keep him mobile.
     
  4. karaokePete

    karaokePete Registered User

    Jul 23, 2017
    4,775
    N Ireland
    One of my wife's meds is Memantine and she takes it at night. It's certainly a struggle to get her up and mobile in the mornings and she tires easily. I've read that dealing with the dementia exhausts the brain and that can induce this tiredness that can be seen as dementia progresses.

    That said, keep an eye out for any unsteadiness when your mother is active as that is also a possible drug side effect with Memantine and would represent a fall risk so it's worth a chat with the GP if this sleepiness becomes an issue as any injury could accelerate the decline caused by the dementia.
     
  5. Onmyown

    Onmyown Registered User

    May 30, 2017
    385
    My mum too she's had two utis over the last month and sleeping alot too. So yes I would check for utis. Mum is now on antibiotics and they really throw her. Very strong? They clear it and then come back. Went to bed at midnight and got up at 2pm today?? It's a worry but I put it down to the infection
     
  6. Rollwithflow

    Rollwithflow New member

    May 15, 2019
    4
    Utis are caused by bacteria. Make sure the area is very cleaned always. Go the extra mile in that area. It really helped me. No more utis. Utis can become very serious. I also have lab work and urine checked every 3 months. This helps me know what's going on being he can't tell me.
     
  7. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    7,567
    Yorkshire
    hello @pkingstelly
    a warm welcome to DTP
    I hope reading around threads here is of some help to you

    just to let you know that it's worth checking the date of the last post on a thread before replying, as this thread is a good few months old
     

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