7. A good night's sleep
We all need a good night's rest, but dementia can cause people difficulties in getting to sleep. People can become confused about night and day, and may get up in the middle of the night, thinking that it is morning. Things that can help include:
- limiting daytime naps (which will impact on their ability to sleep through the night) and ensuring a range of stimulating activities - someone is more likely to doze off during the day if they are bored
- avoiding caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee, particularly in the evening
- taking some form of exercise during the day
- finding soothing and relaxing ways to encourage the person to sleep, such as giving them a warm milky drink (which does not contain caffeine) at bedtime.