Health Tip: When Alzheimer's Affects Sleep07/30/13
(HealthDay News) -- Some people with Alzheimer's disease --
characterized by a loss of brain tissue -- have trouble sleeping
and/or nighttime wandering.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to improve sleep in
people with Alzheimer's:
- Make sure the sleep environment is as cool and dark as
- Create a consistent schedule of waking and going to bed.
- Expose the person with Alzheimer's to bright light soon after
- As bedtime nears, keep lighting dim.
- Establish regular and simple routines to complete daily
- Make sure the home environment is safe -- with no knives, guns
or matches in reach.
- Keep a relatively busy schedule of activities.
- Get some daily exercise.
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