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Are dementia and Alzheimer's patients more prone to Sundown disorder?

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Sundown syndrome, which is a confused state that occurs in people after sundown, can affect dementia and Alzheimer's patients, reports WebMD. This syndrome can cause sleep problems for people with either Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The exact cause for this disorder is not entirely known.

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Are dementia and Alzheimer's patients more prone to Sundown disorder?
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Mayo Clinic relates that some influencing or contributing factors for sundown syndrome can be fatigue and problems distinguishing between dreams and reality. Approximately 20 percent of people with Alzheimer's may experience this problem, states WebMD. People with sundown syndrome have a tendency to wander at night and exhibit difficult behaviors. Some treatment options for this condition include light therapy, avoiding naps during the day, getting more exercise and a proper diet. Mayo Clinic also relates that some research seems to indicate that melatonin may help a person with sleep issues associated with sundowning.

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