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Health Tip: When Alzheimer's Affects Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Some people with Alzheimer's disease -- characterized by a loss of brain tissue -- have trouble sleeping and/or nighttime wandering.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to improve sleep in people with Alzheimer's:

  • Make sure the sleep environment is as cool and dark as possible.

  • Create a consistent schedule of waking and going to bed.

  • Expose the person with Alzheimer's to bright light soon after waking.

  • As bedtime nears, keep lighting dim.

  • Establish regular and simple routines to complete daily chores.

  • Make sure the home environment is safe -- with no knives, guns or matches in reach.

  • Keep a relatively busy schedule of activities.

  • Get some daily exercise.