Mom (83) doesn't sleep at night. Should we be worried about her sleeping patterns?
My mother lives alone since we placed my dad in a nursing facility a year and a half ago. We have day time aides coming for her to make sure she eats, takes meds, take her shopping, etc. They also keep an eye on her since she won't tell us if anything is wrong (at one point she stopped eating because of dental issues but since she doesn't like Drs she wouldn't tell us). We installed cameras in her house just so we could keep an eye on her since she has very poor short term memory. I've been noting that she is spending the night in her chair in front of the TV, until early morning hours, like 5 or 6am when she goes to bed. The aides come in at 10 and she is fast asleep. One aid has to wake her up to get in the house but another one lets her sleep until noon. Should we be worried about her sleeping patterns? When she was younger she didn't like being along in the house alone so maybe that's her concern. I would love to hear people's recommendations, do we (my bother and I) try to keep her awake and active during the day or is it OK for her to stay up all night? It' so hard to know which battle to fight, there are so many. Thanks everyone for any insights!