Most people would be ready to call it a day seeing the color of the vast blue sky fading into a bright golden glow on the horizon and gradually becoming dark. You or a loved one, on the other hand, may be unaware of the change, believing that day is night and night is day. Did you know that this is an uncommon behavior among seniors with sundowners syndrome?
What is Sundowners Syndrome?
Sundowners syndrome, also known as sundown syndrome, sundowning or sundowners, frequently causes the individual to have episodes of confusion and agitation. While most people slow their activity as the night approaches, those with sundowners have an adverse reaction and become even more active. Some people with Alzheimer’s disease may also experience this phenomenon, but it is unrelated to dementia disorders.
Battling sundowners syndrome, especially for the first time, can be distressing for both the person experiencing it and those around them. Having a broader perspective and understanding of it is the first step toward effectively managing it.
Symptoms to Look Out for
Identifying the symptoms of sundowners syndrome is no easy feat as it does not have a single symptom. Anyone suffering from the syndrome will exhibit a wide range of symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. However, the signs are more noticeable in the evening.
Some of the signs you can look out for include confusion about one’s identity and whereabouts, paranoia, visual hallucinations, wandering spells, aggressive outbursts, and disruptions to sleeping patterns.
There are some triggers to be aware of that can aggravate those with sundowners syndrome.
Relaxing at the end of the day would allow your loved one to unwind and avoid having increased activities right before bed. After dinner, a short walk or a game of cards would be appropriate to keep them entertained.
Additionally, placing those with sundowners in an unfamiliar environment should be staved off as it will affect their comfort level right before sleeping and cause them not to sleep well.
Sundowners syndrome treatment focuses on ensuring that the person with sundowners does not experience extreme fright or unknowingly harm themselves. There are a few different treatment tips that can help your loved one cope with the effects of the condition.
Having a consistent and familiar sleeping pattern would help to manage the symptoms of sundowners syndrome. By organizing activities earlier in the day and sticking to a structured sleep cycle, it can reduce confusion and allow your loved one to sleep more soundly.
Providing light or aromatherapy is another way you can try to help your loved ones with their routine. The scents used in aromatherapy such as rose and chamomile are known to have calming effects which can help in relaxation.
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