My husband (89) has Alzheimer's, refuses to get out of bed and will sleep until 2pm or later. Is this usual behavior?


If he gets up to eat something, he returns to bed or will lay on the floor and sleep for hours. If I urge him to get up, he gets angry. He can sleep as many as 15 to 18 hours in a day. When he does get up, he is usually in a pretty good mood for the rest of the day. Is this a usual behavior for this disease?

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Thank you so much to all of you for taking the time to answer. It helps. I will attempt the scheduling that cwillie mentioned. That is a good idea.
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erlamr, when my parents got into their late 80's and early 90's they were sleeping a lot more.   They both lived a long time, so they are really tired.   Neither of them had issues with dementia at the point in time.

My Dad would brag that he and Mom would only need 6 hours of sleep at night... but Dad would forget they would nap after breakfast, nap after lunch, nap before supper and a long nap after dinner.
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Yes, sleeping more and more as the disease progresses is fairly common. Have him get up for breakfast and his morning routine - and his morning meds - and then allow him to lie down for a nap. He can have a late lunch when he gets up in the afternoon. My mom have been on a similar schedule for a very long time so it is not necessarily an end of life sign, although it may be a step farther along that road. And I agree with Katiekate, sleep time frees up your time and is so much easier to cope with than wandering or other Alz behaviours.
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I would be glad of this!

My Dad would prowl constantly .. for hours. Always in a mean mood. Never sleeping longer than an hour at a time.

This is a blessing. Truly. It might not take this time to have your own hobbies and live in peace.
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