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How can I get sleep if I'm caring for someone who's sundowning?

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Sundowning can make it hard for you to get restful sleep. You might:

Try to find time -- even if it’s not a lot -- for your own hobbies and interests. Consider joining a caregiver’s support group, too.

  • Ask a friend or relative to fill in for you at night once in a while.
  • Try to get a daytime nap.
  • Take breaks whenever you can during the day.
  • Hire a home health care service for backup.

From: How to Manage "Sundowning" WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Sundowning.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sundowning.”

Khachiyants, N. , December 2011. Psychiatry Investigation

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: “Behavioral Challenges: Coping With … Sundowning.”

Schwartz, J. , December 2008. Current Neuropharmacology

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sleep Issues and Sundowning.”

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors.”

National Institute on Aging: “Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Sundowning.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sundowning.”

Khachiyants, N. , December 2011. Psychiatry Investigation

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: “Behavioral Challenges: Coping With … Sundowning.”

Schwartz, J. , December 2008. Current Neuropharmacology

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sleep Issues and Sundowning.”

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors.”

National Institute on Aging: “Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

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