Too long sleeping?

wightdancer

Registered User
Mar 15, 2017
60
Recently, about once or twice a week my wife who has Alzheimer's will go to bed as normal about 11.00pm and fall into a deep sleep for 15-20 hours (without medication or need to go to the toilet). Last night was the same, she went to bed at 11.00pm and is still asleep now at 3pm. I woke her at 12.30pm and got her up but she did not want to go to the toilet or have a cup of tea or anything, she just wanted to go back to bed. Another day she will be wandering about every few hours during the night but be bright and happy all day; there is no pattern but these extended sleeps are new. Has anyone else had similar experience?
A sad consequence of this is that our 5 year old American Spaniel who sleeps on her bed won't budge until she gets up. Treats and encouragement to go for a walk are all ignored and he just sleeps beside her.
 

wightdancer

Registered User
Mar 15, 2017
60
Eventually my wife woke at 5.30pm after 15+ hours sleeping. It is now 1.05 am and she is full of beans; I have to pretend i am wide awake and happy too.
A carers life is very lonely. God knows what will happen if I get sick.
 

BryanG2001

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Mar 2, 2014
111
The internal clock going wonky is quite common, there is certain to be a Alxheimer's Society fact sheet about it some where. Here is some information:
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/is-it-typical-people-dementia-sleep-lot-during-day
I follow the above advice but I also use Melatonin for Mum again to try to keep her on 'normal' time. You aren't allowed to buy it over the counter in the UK and the Doctors seem reluctant to prescribe it, I end up getting it via ebay from the US.