Having a chronic illness can cause sleep disturbances due to a variety of factors. For those with Alzheimer's, poor sleep can be due to general sleep problems experienced by elderly people, as well as increased confusion and agitation at night. Though sleeping pills can be used, they should not be overused to treat insomnia in Alzheimer's patients.
If you give care to someone with Alzheimer's who also has a disruptive sleep pattern, their lack of sleep quickly becomes your lack of sleep! It is exhausting for everyone. Sleep problems are common in people with dementia and can occur at any stage of Alzheimer's disease. Here are a few issues you need…