Why People with Dementia Get Sundowning?

Q:
Why people with dementia get sundowning?

A:
Some studies show that some people with dementia may experience increased confusion, anxiety and agitation beginning late in the day, others may experience changes in their sleep schedule and restlessness during the night (known as sundowning).

Factors that may contribute to sundowning include:

  • An upset in the internal body clock causing a biological mix-up between day and night
  • Disorientation due to the inability to separate dreams from reality when sleeping
  • End-of-day exhaustion
  • Less need for sleep, which is common among older adults
  • Reduced lighting and increased shadows causing people to misinterpret what they see, and become confused and afraid

To learn more you should go to a medical professional.

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