My wife has dementia and COPD. She uses oxygen during the night. She goes to bed at 11pm. Several times per week, wakes up at noon. Is it a concern to let her sleep that long?


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Dementia often throws off people’s sleeping habits. If it works for her, I think it’s okay! Does the schedule work for you? If she’s also taking naps I would say try to prevent her from ALSO napping.

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Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

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