How to Handle Difficult Behaviors
What to do:
Ask the person these five questions about insomnia to help you identify the problem.
Mention the issue and the answers to the above questions to the person's doctor, to rule out or treat a medical cause.
If waking to use the bathroom is the cause, cut back on liquids for three hours before bedtime. Avoid caffeine, which stimulates the bladder.
Keep the path to the bathroom lit with nightlights -- so it's illuminated enough for safety without the full-on brightness of overhead lighting, which can disrupt the ability to return to sleep.
Practice basic sleep hygiene for older adults.