Sleeping problems are common in Alzheimer’s patients, with some studies showing as many as 20 percent of AD patients will, at some point, experience periods of increased confusion, anxiety, agitation, and disorientation beginning at dusk and continuing throughout the night.
* To promote a more restful night’s sleep try planning more active days. A person who rests most of the day is likely to be awake at night.
* Discourage afternoon napping and plan activities, such as taking a walk throughout the day.
* It is also important to monitor diet by restricting sweets and caffeine consumption to the morning hours. Serve dinner early, and offer only a light meal before bedtime.
* Change sleeping arrangements by allowing the person to sleep in a different bedroom, in a favorite chair, or wherever it’s most comfortable. Also, keep the room partially lit to reduce agitation that occurs when surroundings are dark or unfamiliar.
* Continually seek medical advice. Physical ailments, such as bladder or incontinence problems, could be making it difficult to sleep. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe medication to help the person relax at night.
(Source: Alzheimer's Associatioin)