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Sleep and Memory Care: Why Quality Rest Matters for Dementia

Arizona has one of the highest rates of Alzheimer’s in the country. More and more residents in the East Valley from Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler need memory care.

Sleep is essential to living a higher quality of life with dementia. It’s also crucial to the health of family caregivers.

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging experience. One of the difficulties that family members often face is helping their loved one get enough restful sleep. Poor quality or inadequate sleep can have a significant effect on cognitive health.

Getting ample rest is essential for the well-being of those with dementia, including improved memory. This article will explain why sleep is so important among memory care residents and provide helpful tips to ensure they get enough rest each night.

The answer to finding good sleep for a loved one with dementia in Tempe, Gilbert, or Chandler: Memory care at Broadway Mesa Village.

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The Importance of Sleep in Memory Care

Sleep is vital in maintaining overall physical, mental, and cognitive health. During the night, our brains are busy doing essential tasks such as consolidating memories and organizing thoughts.

Research has also shown that people who don’t get enough restful sleep may be more prone to developing dementia. Less than six hours of sleep per night could increase dementia risk by as high as 30 percent. As such, people with dementia must be able to get enough quality sleep each night to maintain health.

Good sleep allows the body and brain to recharge and reset. Good days start with better sleep patterns. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep usually happens about 90 minutes after falling asleep. This stage is crucial to parts of the brain that encourage learning and memory.

For people with dementia, sleep is critical to keeping brains functioning at an optimal level. Sleep helps to reduce inflammation and improve brain connectivity by allowing neurons to reconnect or create new pathways.

With regular good sleep, memory care residents can maintain higher levels of alertness. More rest leads to more meaningful interactions with those around them.

Why Dementia Patients Don’t Sleep

Unfortunately, many factors can cause people with dementia to struggle with getting adequate restful sleep. Some of these include:

  • Changes in circadian rhythms (the body’s internal clock)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Feeling too hot or too cold
  • Taking certain medications
  • Difficulty processing information
  • Understanding the time of day or night

Additionally, some people with dementia may have trouble settling down when left alone. Their minds may wander due to feelings of loneliness or confusion.

Sleep-wake cycles are often disturbed in people with dementia. People with Alzheimer’s disease may find it difficult to sleep well at night and remain awake during the day.

Attempting to keep a regular sleep-wake cycle is important for people with dementia:

  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Provides structure for the day
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Curbs wandering during inappropriate times of day

Establishing a regular sleep-wake routine can benefit people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. This routine includes going to bed at the same time each night. Encourage natural body rhythms and adaptations to minimize restlessness and agitation during sleep.

Six Tips for Helping Your Loved One Get Better Sleep

Use these six manageable steps to help loved ones achieve better sleep in their bed at night:

  1. Establish a consistent bedtime routine
  2. Avoid stimulants like caffeine and alcoholic drinks later in the day
  3. Limit daytime naps
  4. Make sure the bedroom environment is calm, comfortable, and dark
  5. Provide reassurance if your loved one wakes up during the night
  6. Ensure your loved one gets plenty of exercise during the day

Ensuring your loved one gets enough quality rest each night is essential. Sleep is an excellent way for a person with dementia to stay healthy and happy.

Provide better home care by understanding why people with dementia have difficulty sleeping. Be aware of strategies that can help improve nighttime routines to manage resting with dementia.

The Connections Program for Memory Care in Mesa, AZ

Consider finding relief by joining the Connections program for memory care at Broadway Mesa Village. Our team understands how to create a high quality of life for your loved one with memory loss. We work to help you and your loved one achieve better sleep.

Memory care expert Dr. Sandra Petersen developed Connections using research-based memory care therapies. Our team of Connections Academy graduates help provide stimulating activities that give older adults more independence throughout the day.

Connections encourages brain neuroplasticity through physical movement, creative activity, and mindful challenges. It provides a way to create new pathways around damaged brain sections.

We meet the unique needs of seniors with memory loss in a secure and calming environment. Our specialized service and focused approach provide a higher level of care than assisted living. Residents can receive health care while experiencing a stimulating life daily.

Mesa and Chandler area families can rest assured knowing that their loved ones are receiving high-level memory care. Our activities encourage sleeping through the night. However, our team also offers 24-hour supervision and support.

 

Sleep Well: Memory Care at Broadway Mesa Village

Do you want to sleep soundly through the night again? Consider the Connections program for memory care for a loved one with dementia. Let our team remove your worry so that you can sleep well.

Contact us to arrange a personalized tour of how Connections can help you and a loved one.

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