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Tips for People Experiencing Sundowning


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If your loved one experiences Sundowning, a consistent schedule is key. Individuals experiencing Sundowners often find comfort in predictability. Setting regular meal times, engaging in familiar activities, and maintaining a predictable schedule helps reduce anxiety and confusion during the evening hours.

  • A structured routine provides a sense of security and familiarity, which can work wonders in helping Sundowners symptoms (it helps calm children, too!) It’s important to make sure the routine is something you think they would like and are capable of doing. For example, if your loved one has always gone to bed early, do not try to change their bedtime to a later time. Also, gentle reminders for upcoming activities or meals ahead of time.
  • Light to helps reduce confusion and disorientation. Darkness can amplify anxiety and make it harder to differentiate between reality and imagination.
  • Consider using lamps, nightlights, or adjustable lighting options to create a soothing and well-lit environment. Soft, warm lighting can work wonders in promoting relaxation and enhancing the overall ambiance. Also, if you can, minimizing shadows and areas of darkness, as they can contribute to feelings of fear or unease.
  • Exposure to natural light during the day can also help regulate the sleep-wake cycle and improve mood.
  • Encourage outdoor activities or simply open the curtains to let the sunlight in.

If you have any questions, tips, or suggestions, please reach out or share!

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