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How do you keep Alzheimer's patients in bed?

Five things can be tried to get Alzheimer’s patients to sleep, including (1) treating pain and medical conditions, (2) encouraging physical activity, (3) creating a sleeping atmosphere, (4) having a bedtime routine, (5) avoiding stimulants.

Taking care of a beloved person with Alzheimer’s can be a demanding task.

Ensuring that the individual sleeps enough is probably very high on your list of priorities.

Here are five things you can try to improve sleep quality.

Table of Content
1. Treating pain and medical conditions
2. Encouraging physical activity during the day
3. Creating a sleeping atmosphere
4. Having a bedtime routine
5. Avoiding stimulants
6. Extra Tips
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1. Treating pain and medical conditions

People who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease may show signs of increased sensitivity to pain.

Treating pain, like chronic pain, can improve one’s sleeping quality instantly. Make sure to seek medical treatment.

Just two days ago, I heard from a colleague that an Alzheimer’s patient was suffering from insomnia due to phantom pain.

Just one example of many conditions that need immediate attention.

2. Encouraging physical activity during the day

One of the easiest ways to help your beloved one sleep longer is daily exercising. A great exercise can be taking a long morning walk together.

However, depending on the stage the individual is in, an evening walk might not be an option.

This is due to the behavioral changes that can occur.

For example, an increase in agitation can make sleeping almost impossible.

So make sure to schedule a regular walk in the morning.

Even better try to establish it as a routine.

3. Creating a sleeping atmosphere

This can be archived by ensuring that the room temperature is comfortable.

A good mark is under 20 celsius (or 68 Fahrenheit). Besides, the room should be dark and quiet.

This means to turn off the TV, the radio, and other sources of noise.

Another thing that can be established is creating a calming bedtime routine.

4. Having a bedtime routine

It is important to establish a bedtime routine. Start to dim the light at around 20 o’clock, stop watching TV latest at 21:30, and start playing relaxing music in the background instead.

Try drinking a small cup of tea with sleeping herbs before brushing the teeth.

But, avoid teas that are stimulative like grey tea.

Afterward preparing slowly for bedtime.

Your beloved one should be in bed at the same time each night.

5. Avoiding stimulants

Drinks like Coffee, Alcohol, and even some sorts of tea can work as stimulants. This means they affect the central nervous system and body.

Ultimately, leading to increased alertness.

Therefore, they can inhibit sleep.

The same counts for nicotine, which can disrupt sleep, too.

Even medication like Ritalin can inhibit sleep.

6. Extra Tips

Some medications can have side effects that cause restless nights.

Make sure to follow up on the prescriptions your beloved person takes.

Another great tip is to wake up with sun rays on the skin.

Meaning, that the bed should have direct access to a window.

This ensures to keep the biorhythm for as long as possible intact.

In my article “Can Alzheimer’s come sudden?” I describe the effects the disease can have on the biorhythm.

However, if you feel like you want to know more about the disease then I recommend you read the “All you need to know guide” I created.

So there you have it.

A lot of tips that you can integrate into the caretaking process.

Everything that is left to do is to do them.

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Patric Pförtner

B. Sc. Psychology

Hi, my name is Patric Pfoertner and I graduated 2020 from the NBU. Currently, I work and study in Germany. My specialisations are Cognitive Psychology paired with a good slack of Clinical Psychology. Just this year I started publishing my research in the CBB Journal. Feel free to read about it at ResearchGate. Otherwise, click the other button to read my full CV.

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