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Is It Ok To Let A Person With Alzheimer’s Sleep As Much As They Want?

Is It Ok To Let A Person With Alzheimer’s Sleep As Much As They Want?

My husband was taking a nap or two while watching TV during the day. Now he goes to bed at night around 9 pm (may get up once or twice in the night for the bathroom) but doesn’t get out of bed until 9 or 10 am. Then through the day takes several naps. I feel like he would sleep all the time if I wasn’t bothering him. Should I be concerned or greatful that I have a peaceful husband that the disease hasn’t caused to act out. I truly do feel… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Well my mother in law is in her 6/7 stage. She had a very hard time going to bed no matter if she’s with me, my husband, or my sister in law. We started to give her 6 mgs of melatonin and it has been a god send. This is why we decided to give her melatonin. Before, As soon as we start heading up to bed she starts whimpering like she’s about to start crying. Then the closer we get she starts to get angry and almost like growling. She doesn’t speak so whatever she says sounds like a 1 or two year old when the try and gibberish comes out. By the time we put her in bed she starts screaming. We try to calm her down and tell her “shhh the baby is sleeping”. That’s just something we say to calm her. As soon as we walk out the room she starts screaming and arguing by herself again. But since melatonin she has calmed down drastically. As far as letting them sleep.... Yes. Absolutely let them sleep. When she didn’t get sleep she would have baby seizures and it would be the worst day for her for everything! Eating, drinking, mood ... she would be so out of it! Thank God we have it somewhat under control for the time being.

posted about 2 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My Johnny is near your husband's age and I do let him sleep as much as he wants to. He is probably in stage 5/6 and in the last 6-8 months has begun sleeping / napping more - usually 12- 14 hours a night and naps during the day.

I had read somewhere that as they advance it takes a tremendous amount of energy to try to figure out everything -- from what I telling him, to the show he is watching on TV, to how to take a shower and on and on. If I had to attend a seminar on nuclear physics I would be totally exhausted at the end of the day too because it would be so hard to try to understand! I feel it is the same for Johnny. Just my thoughts though and not sure that is the reason for more sleeping.

posted about 2 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband had a UTI a couple
weeks ago that sent him into a tailspin right at the same time he started taking seroquel. It was a nightmare. Since the UTI has cleared and he has had time to adjust to his new meds he sleeps pretty good in the evenings with Melatonin- he takes 10mg because he is hyper most of the day and fights going sleep at night - it relaxes him so that he usually sleeps all night and is able to get up in the morning not feeling drugged. I would say let him sleep as long as he sleeps at night so you can get some rest but if he is up at night I would either try to keep him engaged during the day or add some melatonin at night. Every single person is different and reacts differently to things. I hope you get things settled. Prayers for you.

posted about 1 month ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband does the same. At first I was scared but doctor told me to let him rest. It takes a lot of strength and burns lots of calories when you have ALZ

posted about 1 month ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I would vote for letting him rest if you can and while he is resting do the same

posted about 1 month ago
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