Good morning, all. My original post has disappeared into the ether -- perhaps the result of being awakened again at 4:30 this morning by my husband with vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. For the last 8 to 12 months he has been getting up around 4am; he gets dressed and raises shades, opens curtains and turns on lights throughout the house. I moved out of our bedroom a month ago, and this seemed like a good solution at first, but the creaking floorboards and footsreps from his wandering about the house now wake me up. Medication has been dismissed by the dementia nurse as she says this could increase the likelihood of falls and stroke. Light sleeping pills have also been rejected because of the risk of falls. He is restless throughout the day and cannot sit for more than 5 minutes, unless he is falling asleep, which he does when he is not wandering around, or even on public transport when we are out and about. I try to keep him busy throughout the day, but this seems to have no effect on his sleeping patterns. To make matters worse, he has a long history of aggressive behaviour. I am particularly concerned about not getting enough rest as I have recently undergone treatment for cancer (caught early, thank goodness); I fear that the ongoing agressive/restless behaviour and the lack of sleep will cause the disease to return. Help.