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Sleep Problems in Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Some people with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia may have trouble sleeping at night. To combat this problem:

  • Keep the person awake and active during the day. Discourage napping unless doing so causes more problems.
  • Late afternoon exercise may be helpful.
  • Offer warm milk or caffeine-free herbal tea before bedtime.
  • If it seems to relax the person, give him or her a bath close to bedtime.

For more information on how to improve sleeping patterns, see the topic Sleep Problems, Age 12 and Older.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology
Last RevisedJune 23, 2011

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Last Updated: June 23, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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