Have you heard of Sundowners Syndrome? It’s actually a form of Alzheimer’s, and a mysterious form at that.
The name ‘Sundowners Syndrome’ is a reflection of the symptoms that appear during the transition between daylight and darkness. These are the most common symptoms:
- Rapid mood swings
More severe symptoms include:
- Hiding things
While no one really knows what causes this mysterious illness, some researchers believe that it may be caused by a change of hormones that the night brings, or that it could be triggered by a day’s worth of sensory stimulation.
While there is no cure, you can help you loved one manage it.
Light is assumed to reduce symptoms, and is also known for preventing depression. Keep rooms well lit during the day, and use nightlights at night.
Noise equals stimulation. Keep noise at a minimum at the end of the day as not to over-stimulate.
Routines may help your loved one feel more secure by reducing anxiety.
Brain foods are great for everyone, so keep those at the top of the list. Reduce sugar and caffeine intake, especially later in the day and night.