Elderly Sleep Issues Articles

  • Alzheimer’s and Sleep Disorders: Expert Answers to 6 Common Questions

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease often experience sleep problems, and if they’re not resting well, then neither are their caregivers. Understanding how dementia affects a loved one’s sleep cycle will help you find techniques to improve their sleep.

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  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    Seniors may frequently doze off during the day in order to compensate for lost sleep at night. This is normal, but if your loved one spends most of their time snoozing instead of engaging in life, it could point to a larger problem.

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  • 6 Reasons Caregivers Need Sleep

    There are a multitude of reasons why a caregiver needs to prioritize getting a solid amount of sleep, but it seems sleep is one of the hardest things for a caregiver to find time to do. Here are 6 reasons why you need to get sleep now.

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  • The Effects of Insomnia on Your Aging Parent

    Insomnia, which is the inability to fall asleep, or stay asleep, affects almost half of elderly adults 60 and older. What causes insomnia among seniors, and how can you help an aging loved one get some sleep?

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  • Do People Need Less Sleep As They Age?

    Sleep needs change naturally throughout a person's lifetime, but which changes are normal and which ones indicate an underlying problem?

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: How to Minimize Confusion with a Daily Care Routine

    Sundowning, also known as late day confusion, causes an increase in challenging behaviors in the early evening hours. We’ve compiled experienced dementia caregivers’ tips and advice for devising a routine that minimizes sundowning behaviors.

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  • Treating Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP Machine

    People struggling with sleep apnea are often prescribed a CPAP machine to mitigate their symptoms. However, these devices do have downsides. Discover how to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP machine.

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  • In Pain? Blame Your Brain

    One of the most frustrating and debilitating forms of pain is chronic pain. Chronic pain can last for years and is hard to treat. Understanding the mind-body connection can help people cope with chronic pain.

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  • What is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes people to stop breathing while they sleep.

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  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

    The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

    Sundowner’s syndrome or sundowning involves a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occur in dementia patients just before nightfall. The Increase in confusion at twilight is distressing for both patients and caregivers.

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  • I'm Forgetting and Misplacing Things; Is Dementia to Blame?

    Memory loss alone is not a sign of Alzheimer's disease. However, for caregivers, it could be indicative of other serious issues like chronic stress, sleep deprivation or burnout.

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  • How to Pick the Right CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

    A continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine is a common treatment for sleep apnea.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Improving Sleep Quality

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for helping a loved one with PD get quality rest.

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  • Strategies for Overcoming MS-Related Sleep Disorders

    A good night’s sleep can be elusive for those with multiple sclerosis. Try these solutions for reducing trips to the bathroom at night, relieving spasticity and achieving the perfect bedroom temperature for quality rest.

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  • Seniors, Sleep and Restless Leg Syndrome

    Lifestyle changes, drug-free techniques and prescription medications can help manage the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and improve sleep.

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  • Dementia Patients May Suffer from a Fear of Sleep

    Sleep disorders are extremely common for Alzheimer's and dementia patients as their condition worsens. A patient provides an inside perspective on why fellow sufferers may avoid sleep, end up wandering or act out at night.

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  • Sleepless Nights and Dementia

    Dementia can interfere with a loved one's ability to sleep, and this often affects their caregiver's rest as well. Keep this in mind if you notice your parent or spouse sleeping at odd times during the day, as they may be catching up on their Z's.

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  • Poor Sleep and Cognitive Decline Connected

    A pattern of poor quality sleep could be as detrimental to an elderly man’s executive functioning processes as a five year increase in age.

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  • One-of-a-Kind Night Care Program Helps Dementia Caregivers

    A unique night care program helps dementia caregivers get a much-needed break from caring for a sundowning senior. Discover what makes this program so special.

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