1. JoJo2821

    JoJo2821 Registered User

    May 20, 2018
    42
    Hi,

    Mum is sleeping a lot more in the daytime - she seems to nod off at any given moment. When I visit her at the home she is often fast asleep in her chair, is this a symptom of dementia?

    Since going into the home she seems to have become more restless at night, wandering and not sleeping at all some nights, so then naturally in the daytime she is sleepy. What could the home do to help her body clock get back in sync?
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,929
    Female
    Dundee
    My husband wasn't in a care home but he did sleep a lot. Sometimes he could fall asleep with the fork halfway to his mouth! He was also restless at night and I'm afraid I never got the body click issue soeted out.
     
  3. JoJo2821

    JoJo2821 Registered User

    May 20, 2018
    42
    Thanks Izzy. Yes I have a feeling that this is just a symptom of this bloody awful disease progressing... at least she is getting some peace when she is sleeping.
     
  4. JoJo2821

    JoJo2821 Registered User

    May 20, 2018
    42
    Just reading about light therapy, SAD light boxes. Any one tried these?
     
  5. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,929
    Female
    Dundee
    I bought one for my husband. To be honest I didn’t really see much, if any, difference. Of course I may not have bought the best model.
     
  6. JoJo2821

    JoJo2821 Registered User

    May 20, 2018
    42
    I think I just always look for things I can buy! It makes me feel a little less helpless .... but other than alleviating my feeling of uselessness nothing makes much difference.
     
  7. Angela57

    Angela57 Registered User

    Jan 22, 2016
    195
    I'm not sure anything can be done except for the use of sleeping tablets.

    My mum slept most of the day and was awake all night for a long time. She is in a home now, and her new GP hask prescribed sleeping tablets for her, which has done the trick. My dad, who is also in a home spent years wandering at night and sleeping during the day, but he wasn't given sleeping tablets. He now sleeps during the day and at night, now that he is at end stage dementia.

    Ang
     
  8. JoJo2821

    JoJo2821 Registered User

    May 20, 2018
    42
    Thanks Angela - my worry with sleeping tablets is that they will further affect mum's balance. Mum is already falling a lot, her balance is terrible. Did they have any impact on your mum's balance?
     
  9. Angela57

    Angela57 Registered User

    Jan 22, 2016
    195
    Hi jojo2821

    They haven't impacted on mum's balance, but she is mostly steady on her feet unless she is I'll. But that's why they didn't give them to my dad, because he fell regularly, and always managed to hit his head because he always walked with hands in his pockets.

    Ang
     
  10. JoJo2821

    JoJo2821 Registered User

    May 20, 2018
    42
    Gawd ... the falling is awful isn't it? Mum always hits her head. She has had 5 falls in the last 3 weeks! 3 visits to the hospital .... The home is at a loss as to what to do. My brother is thinking of buying her protective head gear.
     
  11. Angela57

    Angela57 Registered User

    Jan 22, 2016
    195
    Would she keep it on? It's a good idea if she would!
     
  12. Tin

    Tin Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    4,829
    UK
    The last few weeks my mum has had a few falls and mainly due to her walking around with her hands in pockets. No ability to balance or hold onto things as she moves, so when she fell her hands were still in her pockets! So I have started to sew up all pockets on her clothes, so many, but it is the right thing to do.

    I never found a way to stop mum wandering around at night, apart from the odd sleeping pill. Lots of day time activity did not seem to help. Dementia moved on and now mum can no longer get out of bed without my help, but I know that she does not always sleep through the night.
     

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