If you have ever noticed how your client sleeps, it may just lead you to the fact that their sleep pattern has a lot to do with how their Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (AD) changes. Many times the sleep and wakefulness cycle of your client will tend to play in integral part in how their Dementia will be when they awake.
Although sleep patterns are not fully understood, scientists and medical professionals believe that sleep plays a heavy role in many types of Dementia – especially Dementia with Lewy bodies, AD, prion Dementias and PDD. Sleep studies have been conducted in certain individuals when they have experienced excess daytime sleepiness and nocturnal sleep that helps the professional determine whether or not the fluctuations being experienced in the mental status of those with DLB is related to excessive daytime sleepiness or not. The sleep studies are also used to assess whether or not a person’s declining cognition is expected by sleep-related and neurobehavioral markers in parkinsonism.
Knowing all of this helps a caregiver show that With Age Comes Respect and to keep a good attitude – which is the only thing that most of the clients with Dementia or AD need – especially since they don’t know and do doubt the integrity of themselves!