(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 06, 2015 ) October 4, 2015 Houston, TX -- A new article at StoppingDementia.com draws the connection between Sleep disorders and dementia. The article points out that while not all sleep disorders are a sign of dementia, sleep disorder occurs with all cases of dementia disease.
According to the article sleep problems can be the warning sign that some form of dementia is developing and is a good reason to test and see one's likelihood of developing dementia in any of its forms, from Alzheimer's which is the most common to Lewy bodies
According to studies, factors that contribute to sleep problems in patients with dementia and Alzheimer's include adverse effects of medications, dosing compliance, primary or secondary psychiatric symptoms, and environmental factors (eg, community vs assisted-living placement, bed partner). Since the ultimate purpose of the assessment is to identify and treat the whole person, clinicians should start with a thorough understanding of all contributing factors that may affect nighttime sleep and daytime functioning before formulating a treatment plan.
According to Peter Dodzik, PsyD and Atiya Khan, MD, "Sleep disorders represent a significant problem in patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease due to the potential for exacerbation of symptoms and even a causal relationship to dementia. Clinicians are encouraged to develop deliberate assessment strategies when working with Alzheimer's disease patients and their families. A review of current medications and their potential to contribute to sleep problems, identification and treatment of secondary psychiatric issues, and the impact of symptom modification medications should be a regular part of the evaluation process. Formal sleep questionnaires, polysomnography, and sleep diaries may aid in the Identification of sleep disorders.
Behavioral strategies that can be consistently implemented in the patient's environment are effective. Light exercise, social and cognitive stimulation, proper sleep hygiene, and consideration of bright light therapy or melatonin may prove an additive step in treatment."
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