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  1. Sundowning may relate to lack of sensory stimulation after dark. At night, there are fewer cues in the environment, with the dim lights and absence of noises from routine daytime activity. A person experiencing sundowning, may be hungry, uncomfortable, in pain or needing to use the toilet, all of which they can only express through restlessness.
  2. Introduction. Sundowning syndrome is a complex medical condition that occurs when a person becomes confused or agitated at nightfall. Most often occurring among those with a diagnosis of dementia, it can also affect people without.
  3. Sleep Issues and Sundowning People with Alzheimer's and dementia may have problems sleeping or increases in behavioral problems that begin at dusk and last into the night (known as sundowning).
  4. Some people with Alzheimer’s disease may experience sundowning —restlessness, agitation, irritability, or confusion that can begin or worsen as daylight fades. If sundowning continues into the night, the person with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers may have trouble getting enough sleep and functioning well during the day.
  5. Expert explanation: SUNDOWNING, aka SUNDOWNER'S SYNDROME, is a common behavior that occurs in early evening. It is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms characterized by confusion, anxiety, aggression, or agitation.
  6. Sundowning and dementia Sometimes a person with dementia will behave in ways that are difficult to understand more often in the late afternoon or early .
  7. Jun 23,  · Sundowning is generally associated with the middle and late stages of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Some professional caregivers believe that, in many cases, sundowning behavior may be a direct consequence of placing too many demands on dementia patients over the course of a day.
  8. Dec 04,  · Doctors aren’t sure why sundowning happens. Some scientists think that dementia might affect your inner “body clock.” The area of the brain that signals when you’re awake or asleep breaks down in.

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