Carer Panna

Panna 54, full time dental hygienist and cares for her husband Suran 68.

When Suran started having problems falling asleep it really upset our lives. He would get frustrated and irritable early in the early evening and stay that way till past our bedtime. The doctor said he could be “sundowning” and that having a calming routine before bed could help. We started a routine of turning off the TV earlier, having a warm bath and a herbal tea.

This has really helped with Suran’s irritability. I’ve also started singing old Hindi songs that I know Suran likes. He’s very traditional. I also sing Hindi lullabies close to bedtime and this works really well. We aren’t 100% perfect, but we are always finding new ways to make our life together work and to stay loving.