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Since everyone is different with dementia, my mom would sleep to escape I think. Her mind seemed to come and go. The times she realized her quality of life had deminished I believe she was sad - sleep may allow them comfort in not facing it.
What 'did' he watch on TV, do you know? I found programs mom enjoyed - usually humor - America's funniest home video's - Sitcoms - singing reality shows etc. I also tried to make it 'fun' while grooming her. I'd cut her hair, style it, do her nails etc. What have you tried with him?
I experienced many elders wanting to be up at night (when my mom was in a home for a year). Little by little try to change his sleeping schedule - meals- and stay rather consistent. If there are any family pictures around you might try asking him questions about the people he knows and places he's gone etc. I guess try to create a bond.