My Loved One With Alzheimer’s Isn’t Sleeping At Night. What Can I Do?

Many people with Alzheimer’s experience insomnia at some point…or at many points. Needless to say, if you’re the caregiver, that makes a tough job –your job – that much tougher.

It’s a serious issue. And if your loved one isn’t getting enough sleep, the effects on his/her well-being (and our mood!) can be significant.

Here are a few tips…

  • Limit coffee and caffeine (soft drinks, too!) intake. And don’t allow it at all in the evening.

  • Try to keep your loved one as active as possible during the day, so he’ll be more tired at night.

  • Discourage naps during daytime hours.

  • Create a soothing atmosphere close to bedtime…soft music, candles, etc.

  • Schedule activities that are potentially upsetting to him during daytime hours.

  • Try to keep a consistent routine for bedtime…without being totally inflexible.

  • Ask your doctor about any medications that may be interfering with her sleep.

  • A light snack before bedtime (nothing sugary or heavy!) can have a calming effect. And if your loved one seems calmed by it, make it part of the nighttime routine.

  • Bathroom time is right before bedtime.

  • Your loved one is an adult – don’t make bedtime unrealistically early.

  • Pick your battles, Part 1: If he falls asleep on the couch, let him stay there!

  • Pick your battles, Part 2: If she wants to go to sleep in her regular clothes, rather than sleeping clothes, let her.

  • Favorite blankets or pillows can have a calming effect.

  • Safety First! Put night-lights in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallways!

  • If sleeping remains a problem, you need to have a serious talk – probably in person – with the doctor.

If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that sleep is just one of many potential problem areas. But we can help.

At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we practice Elder Law. We’ve been helping South Florida families through the Elder Care Journey for 33 years. And we can help your family from beginning to end…with comprehensive estate plans, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset protection, and assistance with the VA or Medicaid.

We’ll get you through. And we’re just a phone call away.

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