Sundown Syndrom, also known as sundowning, can be particularly difficult for caregiving. Typically what happens is that the resident may sleep too much during the day, thus causing him or her to become awake and restless at night. The next morning, the resident will naturally appear tired, want to sleep more and the vicious cycle continues. When medicine is distributed to help the person sleep, the person ends up sleeping for the most part, day and night. Needless to say, this is creating a sedentary lifestyle. Another worthwhile point to mention is that the frequent drowsiness will also increase the risk of falls.
While there are a number of ways to help, one of the most logical approaches is to bring back a natural work routine. The concept is that a healthy person is able to sleep at the right time and sleep well, because they have been productive during the day. The more one works, the body and the brain, the more natural it is to sleep due to fatigue.
However, since someone who’s retired or living with dementia, is not working anymore, having a structured work routine during daytime is a challenge for most families. Luckily, with Rich Brains, we deliver an Enrichment Program that strives to make the person busy during the day.
For more information about the other ways to manage Sundown Syndrome, please visit a conclusive list from this page on AARP’s webpage.
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