Sleep problems are some of the most difficult symptoms of dementia. Disruption to your sleep can be emotionally and physically demanding. Professionals recommend the following tips for a better night's sleep:
- Develop a relaxing bedtime routine – consider a bath, a cup of warm milk, putting animals to bed and winding down away from the TV.
- Put away all daytime belongings that might make your loved one think it’s daytime – such as day clothes.
- Encourage the person living with dementia to go to sleep at their usual bedtime, not early.
- Gently remind the person with dementia when it is time for sleep.
- Provide a calming touch – think big hugs, stroking hair, rubbing cream on hands and feet (not just before bed, anytime!)
- Avoid sleeping too much during the day.