Two questions: How do I get my mom to sleep at night? She is literally awake all night and maybe goes to sleep around 5:30am and sleeps til 1. She doesn’t live with me (yet) , but I do call her every morning to wake her. She has tried different sleeping meds (does have addictions issues) and nothing is working. She wakes up every single day, exhausted and sick feeling. What can be done? It’s got to stop.
Second question...is it common for people with Alzheimer’s to seem totally fine (kind of a version of their old selves) and then confused or have strange/exaggerated reactions? Sometimes I can’t tell what’s Alzheimer’s or what’s her just being difficult (which can kind of be her old self) . She also tends to be very confused (sometimes for hours) upon waking. She was talking about an event that never happened...for hours...then stopped mentioning it...and later briefly said she was dreaming about the event...and suddenly got quiet.
I'm more familiar with what I’ve seen/heard of Alzheimer’s in books and movies...where a person may not recognize family...she’s not at that point....I just have no idea how to process this day to day confusion, depression, etc. She is on the maximum does of everything.