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Trouble sleeping? Explore these tips for people with dementia

Dementia can often cause a person’s sleeping habits to change. For example, they may sleep too much or not enough, or wake up several times during the night. Poor sleep quality can make dementia symptoms worse. While changes in sleep habits can be frustrating, there are things that can help. Try these tips:

  • Follow a regular schedule by going to sleep and getting up at the same time each day.
  • Develop a relaxing bedtime routine with lowered lights, cool temperature, and no electronic screens.
  • Avoid caffeine and naps late in the day.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have problems sleeping.

Visit to find more sleep tips for people living with dementia. This information is also available in Spanish.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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