My 90-yr-old Mom, who has moderate dementia, has recently started wanting to sleep all day. I get her up at a reasonable hour to change into a dry undergarment, then she tells me she wants to go back to bed. When I ask her why, she says something about her back hurting or not feeling well (she has no specifics like stomach ache or headache) and just wants to go back to sleep. She has already slept over 14 hours at this point before she wants to go back to bed.
I am not sure how to handle this. It really messes up medication schedules, meals and everything else! And, of course, it messes up her days and nights. She sleeps all day then goes to bed at night and lays there wide awake whistling (and coughing)! I know that as the disease progresses, the person with dementia wants to sleep longer. But, is it good for them? I know when she is up all night, it is NOT good for ME!
Does anyone force their loved one to get out of bed? It's not as if I have any great plans for Mom for the day!