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Sleeping more and more

sillysuzy

New member
Oct 24, 2020
3
Hi I am wondering whether sleeping much of the day and then then being alert late afternoon and evening is a common symptom of dementia. My uncle who is in his 80,s has dementia (he has never been diagnosed officially) does this and my aunt who is also in her 80,s is really struggling to cope with this, trying to get him to take tablets and food. She gets so tired as she is lacking in sleep due to anxiety and then having to sit up with him until he goes to bed, as he is unable to turn off tv etc.
 

karaokePete

Registered User
Jul 23, 2017
5,654
N Ireland
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Weasell

Registered User
Oct 21, 2019
760
Yep, dementia upsets the body clock!
Ideas.
Alexa can turn the tv on and off by voice command. Could she lie in bed and do that?
(I am not sure if distance is a problem for Alexa.)
Or is he at the point he cannot be left without supervision?
Could you talk to the GP about medication to promote sleep at the correct time.
Is there any way he could have a medication review to remove any tablets no longer needed and possibly have them taken just once a day?
We use a Pivotell with tipper for medication. It is like an Automatic cat feeder, it makes a very persistent noise until the tablets have been removed. I love it. It is excellent for people that don’t like nagging, it nags for you!
 

lemonbalm

Registered User
May 21, 2018
885
Hello @sillysuzy . Has your uncle been checked for other conditions, or reactions to existing medication which might explain any symptoms you think may be due to dementia? Anti-anxiety medication may help reduce agitation so worth asking the doctor about that.

It's very common for people with dementia to get restless in the late afternoons ("sundowning"). Getting into a restful mid-late afternoon routine can help, drawing curtains, soft lighting, tea and biscuits, playing restful or uplifting music (not too loud!) can all help. Relaxing music rather than tv in the evenings is worth a try.
 

sillysuzy

New member
Oct 24, 2020
3
Yep, dementia upsets the body clock!
Ideas.
Alexa can turn the tv on and off by voice command. Could she lie in bed and do that?
(I am not sure if distance is a problem for Alexa.)
Or is he at the point he cannot be left without supervision?
Could you talk to the GP about medication to promote sleep at the correct time.
Is there any way he could have a medication review to remove any tablets no longer needed and possibly have them taken just once a day?
We use a Pivotell with tipper for medication. It is like an Automatic cat feeder, it makes a very persistent noise until the tablets have been removed. I love it. It is excellent for people that don’t like nagging, it nags for you!