Should I put my mother with Alzheimer's on a sleeping schedule?
My Mom has early severe Alzheimer's and sleeps a lot. She went to bed at 9pm and slept till 4pm next day. Should I have her on some kind of schedule?
If you can get your mother on a sleeping schedule, life will be easier for her and you. Routine (ritual) is very important to most people who have dementia as it is comfortable and familiar. Try to have a bed time and ritual for her for instance, say the same thing every night. "Mom, it's getting late and I think we should go to bed now". Let's have a glass of warm milk". Then take her to the bathroom, and have a ritual of saying "good night".
Some of the dementia programs in nursing homes play old Johnny Carson DVD's and then say it is "time for bed" when it's over!
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