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Old 11-30-2006, 07:40 PM   #1
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sleeplessness

I know Alzeimer's causes one not to sleep, but I wondered if anyone had suggestions. My mom is staying up more during the night. We keep her awake almost all of the day and as busy as it allows.

 
Old 11-30-2006, 11:38 PM   #2
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Re: sleeplessness

Hi JHM,

My dad is not at that point yet. He sleeps a lot!!! Have your tried sleeping pills on her? Also, talk to her family dr. and see what he/she suggests. A lot of caregivers, that have their alz. relative at home, just let them stay up late at night. Just make sure she does not bother others and that all the doors are locked, so she cannot wander.

Hope you get some more solutions in the am.

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Old 12-01-2006, 12:21 AM   #3
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Re: sleeplessness

Hello.

My sister isnt at that stage either because she sleeps a lot too.

Is it possable that your Mom is getting over tired?

My Mother in law had a full time live in carer and she would always make sure that my MIL had a quiet time in the afternoons so that she could have a sleep. The carer said that my MIL would sleep better at night because she had not got over tired.

You could also try just a tiny bit of lavender oil on your Moms pillow because that can have a very relaxing effect.

 
Old 12-01-2006, 11:58 AM   #4
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Re: sleeplessness

Boy can I relate to that!!!! My husband can't wait to get to bed at night. If we can get him to stay up until 8:00 we are lucky. The problem is.....then 11:00 pm he gets up and thinks it is morning. We have to convince him that it is still the middle of the night and go back to bed. Sometimes he will but sometimes he won't. Most of the time he is up for good by 1o am eating his wheaties. Drives me crazy!!! Not to mention that I don't get much sleep either.

However, now after he has been doing this for almost a year, he suddenly goes to bed and stays there until around 2:00 am. Things change all the time. You just never know what will happen next.

Hang in there,
Jan

 
Old 12-02-2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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Re: sleeplessness

Just when you get used to their routine and adjust *whammo* they change it!!

 
Old 12-06-2006, 12:14 PM   #6
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Re: sleeplessness

Hi ~ My husband, 60 yrs, was having trouble sleeping but his dr. put him on seroquel and then 6 months later increased the dosage. He takes a very small dosage ~ he not only couldn't sleep, but was seeing people walk through our bedroom. We now close all doors and make certain there aren't any shadows...but the pills allow him to go to bed at 8am and sleep til 7 a.m. He also takes aricept in the evening and vit. E, B12, fishoil ~ all contribute to a great nights sleep. I believe he is in stage 4. Hope this helps!
Lady Ann (a name my husband gave me many, many years ago!)

 
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Re: sleeplessness

Lady Ann - if you don't mind telling me, how old was your husband when you all discovered or found out he had AD? My hubby is almost 59 is has a memory problem. I'm worried it may be the beginning of AD, since his medical exam came back negative for anything else. Good luck to you! C

 
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