Sundowning and Other Sleep Issues in Alzheimer's Sufferers

Many individuals receiving Alzheimer’s care experience sleep disturbances. They may have trouble sleeping at night and staying awake during the day. Increasing confusion and agitation in the afternoon and evening are also common issues. These are all potential indicators of sundowning. You can learn more about sundowning by watching this video or consulting an Alzheimer’s support professional.

The expert featured in this video explains how a caregiver can alleviate sundowning, such as by encouraging the individual to get outdoors for some natural sunlight during the day. Sunlight exposure supports the body’s natural sleep/wake cycle. It is also a good idea for seniors to enjoy stimulating activities in the morning, rather than later in the day when they may be fatigued.

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