A common NJ senior care caregiver challenge is getting their loved one with dementia to sleep through the night. Many times, especially beginning with sundown, they become anxious and restless.
Some simple tips that will help:
- Diet: Make sure to limit caffeinated beverages to mornings; alcohol should also be avoided
- Limit Naps: Set and keep regular times for rising in the morning and keep naps to morning hours, if needed
- Active Days: keep the person as active as possible throughout the day–take a walk with them, have them fold laundry, rake leaves, etc.
- Make Evenings Relaxed: Develop relaxed routines each evening, such as listening to music or watching TV; keep excess activity, noise, and visitors to a minimum
- Don’t Go To Bed Hungry: A light snack before bedtime is ideal
- Keep a Diary: Maintain a log of activities, food, medications, or beverages that may contribute to their sleep disturbances
- Bedtime Routine: Keep it relaxed and easy. If they refuse to go to bed, let them sleep in the chair or couch. If they don’t want to wear their PJs, let them wear their day clothes
- Bedroom: Keep the bedroom comfortable–temperature, soft music, comfy PJs, blankets, nightlight
- Safety: Keep the path to the bathroom (and other areas of the house) clear, block dangerous parts of the home, such as the stairway, use audible monitors if necessary
- Provide Reassurance: If they wake up in the night, offer reassurance instead of arguing or explaining as you slowly get them back into bed
For more NJ elder care information on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, visit our Alzheimer’s Awareness page.
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