Re: Waking up at night
My mom has probable Lewy Body dementia and while she doesn't hallucinate, she has REM Sleep Behavior Disorder in which she thrashes and yells out in her sleep. What helps is a very small dose (.5mg) of clonazepam (Klonopin) about 30 minutes before bed. It's a benzodiazepine like valium or Ativan.
It really helps her get more restful sleep. When she had a stay in the hospital and rehab last summer they took her off it, said she wasn't anxious or agitated, assuming it was prescribed for mood problems. When I told them that it was for RSBD they said she'd been fine, no need to worry. That very night she went totally nuts in her sleep and terrified her roommate. Needless to say, they put her right back on the med and she was fine again. It's a prescription, ask any doc about it.
Last edited by Annieland; 12-31-2012 at 06:56 PM.