1. Jacqui Cullingh

    Jacqui Cullingh Registered User

    Jan 3, 2017
    2
    Hi All

    My mother sleeps or at least sits with her eyes closed for most of the day she does have disrupted nights but there is no pattern to her sleeping behaviours. Is there any suggestions to this like trying to keep her awake. My father is 81 and caring for her and I think he just lets her sleep.

    Regards

    Jacqui
     
  2. janey106

    janey106 Registered User

    Dec 10, 2013
    139
    Hi Jacqui, my Mum is 6/7 year post onset and now sleeps about 11 pm to 12 noon, gets up and is often snoozing again by 2.00 pm for a couple of hours or more. Dad is main Carer still but he is age 83 and I think he chooses to let her sleep as it is easier for him(he has own health problems). I ran it past GP and they told me it wasn't unusual to sleep a lot as the disease progresses. The main concern we have is that she doesn't get her morning medications until after lunch and is having her evening ones only a few hours later. Mum does sometimes have disturbed nights but as she is otherwise content, we don't force her to remain awake.

    Other TP members have different thoughts and I would be interested also to see what thoughts they have.

    Janey
     
  3. Jacqui Cullingh

    Jacqui Cullingh Registered User

    Jan 3, 2017
    2
    Many thanks Janey

    Thank you for the reply Janey. I think my father does the same with my Mum in letting her sleep as it is the easy option. Can be troublesome I see with the medication. Thanks again for the advice it is most welcome.

    Jacqui
     
  4. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    7,927
    Yorkshire
    Hi Jacqui
    a warm welcome to TP
    my dad sleeps/rests much more than he did - and often just sits in his chair and 'stares into space' - looking at the residents in his care home, many of them snooze a lot, and the ones who have been there a while are resting much more than they did, too
    with dad, he just can't always handle the stimulation of people around him moving, talking - so he goes to his own room and sits on his own, either watching TV or listening to music with his eyes closed
    it seems that the effort of making some sense of the world just takes a lot of energy and leads to tiredness
    if I try to engage dad in something when he's tired, it just leads to anxiety and agitation as he cannot cope - he's happier with me just being around and quietly sitting with him
    so if you don't think there's a concern eg an infection, your father is probably doing what's best for both of them
    best wishes
     

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