Home Care: When taking care of a senior citizen, thoughts may come to your mind regarding dementia.
Will your elderly loved one have dementia? If so, how fast will it progress? What symptoms will develop first? These thoughts can go on and on. However, as a family caregiver to your elderly loved one, it is important to keep in perspective that dementia affects many areas of a person’s life. It is difficult to determine the answers to all these questions. With this being said, there are certain aspects of dementia that you and your home care provider can learn about. One of those is how sleep is affected in dementia patients.
Issues with Oversleeping
Many people who have dementia will oversleep. They may be in bed sleeping more than they are awake. Your elderly loved one might sleep for long stretches at a time or have multiple naps throughout each day, but be up throughout the night. If a person has dementia and they are oversleeping, there are some tips that can help with this. Some of these tips include:
- Limiting naps throughout the day
- Keeping naps to a certain time frame
- Having a family caregiver or home care provider wake the elderly person up at a specific time in the morning
- Moving around throughout the day
These tips should help to prevent oversleeping. If your elderly loved one gets dementia and develops this issue, it may be a good idea to talk to their doctor about it, as they may have other recommendations.
Not Sleeping Enough
Some people who have dementia don’t get enough sleep. There are various causes for this. Sometimes, it is due to sundown syndrome, which is when symptoms worsen later in the day or at night. Other times, it may be due to fear, stress, or another negative feeling. Some ways that you and your home care provider can help your elderly loved one to get more sleep include:
- Getting them on a good sleep schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same times each day)
- Having them take a short nap earlier in the late morning or early afternoon
- Helping them to wind down at bedtime (with a cup of tea or essential oils)
These are just some ideas that might help your elderly loved one to sleep better at night. Now that you have these tips, hopefully, in time after implementing them, your elderly loved one can improve their sleep quality and the amount of sleep they get.
Home Care: Conclusion
If your elderly loved one gets or has dementia, it could cause them to have sleep issues. They may sleep too much or not enough. Either way, there are some tips that can help your elderly loved one to improve their sleep quality and sleep routines and a home care provider can be just what you need to help out.