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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 last...so take this time to have your own hobbies and live in peace.
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