One symptom of Alzheimer's that not many people talk about is the inability to have a good night's sleep. It worsens as the disease progresses. This is primarily caused by the mental instability that comes with the disease. As Bel Marra Health states, those with Alzheimer's eventually resort to small naps during the day and have to stay up all night. While this is a difficult part of Alzheimer's, caregivers can help by doing the following:
- Ensure the patient isn’t exercising too close to bedtime.
- Maintain a regular schedule for the patient.
- Adjust the lighting for the time of day.
- Limit caffeine and stimulant intake.
- Keep napping to a minimum if possible.
These steps can help those with Alzheimer's maintain some form of a regular schedule. As always, consult a medical professional for personalized guidance.
For more information, check out Bel Marra Health's article here