Is it common for someone to have delusions only at night after sleeping awhile
My husband does not forget his delusions the way he forgets reality. It amazes me that he has such clarity and precise recall of the same delusions day after day for months. Lately at night he is worse as he repeats that I have given away all our money. I gave..."wads of cash" to his doctor to "pay him off so the doctor will not tell the police" what I did to him. How is it that the ones who care for them the most are to be blamed for their condition. I am trying to convince him that I wasn't the one who handed him the poison that he supposedly drank. Instead of denying the allegations and arguing he now believes it was a family friend who handed him the poison. So I am off the hook for now. We just can never see this friend again! LOL...
My husband has them most often days but sometimes at night. I keep a video monitor with sound on so I can see how he’s doing. Sometimes I have to get up and go reassure him where he is, what time it is and that it’s time for sleeping. On occasion I have had to stream soft relaxing music videos with a timer on for him to fall asleep to.
If taking aricept that is one of the possible side affects.
Delusions and agitation are no joke. Get rid of things that can cause harm to you and your LO. Remove knobs from gas ranges; knives from kitchen drawers; remove candles and matches. Keep medications out of reach. In other words, child-proof your house.
You know, after thinking about this I remembered something I heard years ago. It was that people with Alzheimer's don't go into heavy REM sleep, so they are dreaming when awake - delusions. I don't know if there's any truth in that, but I think I'll try to research it. Has anyone else ever heard anything like that?