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Health Tip: Alzheimer's Disease Can Interfere With Sleep

How caregiver can help

(HealthDay News) -- Among the many challenges for a person with Alzhaimer's and his or her caregiver is that the disease can disturb sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation explains:

  • People with Alzheimer's often wake during the night, and take more frequent naps. These can be early warning sign of Alzheimer's, even before memory loss.
  • A caregiver should strive to encourage physical activity and staying busy during the day, to promote better nighttime sleep.
  • Before trying medication to help with sleep, make it a point to avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol; maintain a consistent schedule for sleeping, waking and eating; and get natural sunlight exposure and exercise.

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