Poor Sleep Can Increase Dementia Risks
Sleep and Dementia
Signs of Poor Sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- Excessive daytime napping
- Sundowning, or lower mood and greater agitation in the evening
- Always waking up tired
Tips to Help Older Adults Sleep Better
- Limit daytime napping, especially later in the day. Keep any naps under 30 minutes.
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine.
- Stop using any blue light devices (cell phones, tablets, TVs, etc.) at least one hour before bedtime.
- Limit caffeine use and alcohol consumption, especially later in the day.
- Only use the bed for sleep and avoid sitting in bed during the day.
- Spend more time in the sun.
- Get regular activity (walking, resistance training, yoga, etc.).