Dementia patient talking in sleep.

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What does it mean, if anything, when someone who has Dementia 'talks while they're sleeping,' with panic and sometimes shakiness too? She also seems to repeat the Same phrases over and over again, until the Next time. And then a different phrase will be repeated. Some of these phrases are, I think, religious. For example, "for our bread." At another time, she will begin to repeat very often, "God help me." And because she has been a very religious woman her entire life, I was wondering if anything more spiritual is going on here?! I don't know in what stage her Dementia is now, but she is also Diabetic and her glucose has been up as of lately because of her nervousness and her own stress/anxiety. She already takes some Xanix which obviously isn't really helping. I don't know, just guessing here, but I was wondering if, 'because' of 'what' she's saying in her sleep, if 'maybe' once again, that something More isn't going on here on a spiritual level. (i.e. close to the end?) Anyway, tks for any input. I'm just trying to support and to help a friend and maybe offer some
knowledge about this... and, I don't know what is going on here myself in order to do that. tks again.

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With dementia commonly meds meant to calm them or help them sleep actually works the opposite. Did this start in relationship to the Xanax? My mom was prescribed Ativan but instead of helping her sleep she was more excited. We had to take her off immediately. Geriatric patients commonly can't take these. My mom can't even take PM meds. They use benadryl and it makes her more awake but more confused.
My father used to quote Bible verses at night. I'm not sure if he woke up and did it, or if he did it in his sleep. Their room was totally dark. It was spooky.
Maybe ask your pastor to come over one day at a time she is most lucid to pray with her. Or a couple of people from her church to read a few verses? Do they still do that? Lol. I actually don't attend church anymore and have better fellowship in my garden with the birds and lizards, and the still small voice.
She needs to feel secure in her faith, to be reminded or reassured, perhaps? xo
My grandpa has dementia and when I heard him sleep before, he was talking in his sleep as if he was having a conversation with someone. He was conversing as he did when he used to be "normal" before he had dementia. But anyway, I wouldn't put much focus on it. :-)
I notice a big difference in "sleep talking" with my mother with dementia. Unlike some people who talk or mumble in their sleep unclearly, her 'conversations' are very distinct and clear. She not only talks about things that happened years ago (like to my brother who was a toddler then) but to other people. She does it almost nightly. Sometimes she will shout out, "Who's there"? Or, "What are you doing here"? I can't tell if it is part of a memory or a dream. She only takes Paroxetene at night.
My husband has alzheimers and recently started talking in his sleep He literally kept it up all night. The next day it continued as he napped during the day.
He was diagnosed 6 years ago and it seems to be progressing rapidly the last few months . This talking is frightening.
My father also has Alzheimers and was diagnosed 2 years ago. He very recently has started talking in his sleep. He too will seem to have conversations about the past, and even mentioned our old address that we have not lived at for 20 years. Mum taped him just so i could hear it, and it has truly frightened me as it didn't even sound like my father. He has unfortunately also been aggressive in his sleep towards mum, and that's the saddest part as he would never harm anyone, especially mum :(
Both of my late parents did talk in their sleep. In fact, one time, Dad was having a conversation with some hands movements in his sleep. It's almost like sleepwalking. Mom was having a conversation with her father (driving) in her sleep while her eyes opened. That was scary as hell.

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