Knowing your family and yourself

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.