U.S. News & World Report (July 30, 2013): When Alzheimer's Affect Sleep

Publication Date: 
Tue, 07/30/2013

Some people with Alzheimer's disease - characterized by a loss of brain tissue - have trouble sleeping and/or nighttime wandering.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to improve sleep in people with Alzheimer's:

- Make sure the sleep environment is as cool and dark as possible

- Create a consistent schedule of waking and going to bed

- Expose the person with Alzheimer's to bright light soon after waking

- As bedtime nears, keep lighting dim

- Establish regular and simple routines to complete daily chores