Q: What can I do to help my loved one with dementia get better sleep – especially with the time change coming up?
A: Getting a good night’s sleep is important for all of us in order for us to feel and be our best. However, it’s quite common for individuals with dementia to have sleep challenges, which leads to caregivers having sleep challenges because they have to deal with those issues. Because poor sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of dementia, what started out as a small problem can quickly become a bigger issue.
Since we’re almost at the end of daylight savings time (which will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3), caregivers of those with dementia will face an additional hurdle when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. It’s important to understand what sleep challenges seniors with dementia often have and how to handle them so that they – and you – can get the sleep you need.
Alicia Seaver is the Vice President of Memory Care Operations for EPOCH Senior Living and a Certified Memory Impairment Specialist. Every month, she addresses a specific issue related to memory and memory care. If you’re interested in hearing about a particular topic, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.