“I love everyone. I really do. My life has been beautiful. If I can help anyone I will.” ~My Dad talking in his sleep August 1, 2011~
What can I say – but when the sun goes down, things change with Dad. The medical staff has been using the word “Sundowner” frequently since my dad came to live with us a month ago. I am learning as I go and certainly think there is something to this. I am trying to make day – day and keep him out of the bed and in light all day long. When he naps in the chair during the day, I make sure the room is fairly bright. I also keep lights on when he watches the Red Sox play at night. Not sure if this is helping – but hopefully it is. At least he goes to sleep at the same time and wakes the same time with his routine. Before bed and upon waking in the middle of the night are when his confusion worsens. He has been bouncing out of bed in the morning with a smile so seems the rest of the issues are out of his mind by then. I am also very fortunate that his mood does not change at night as I have read often happens. As for talking in his sleep – wow! I was concerned that he was not sleeping soundly when he talks, but like I say all the time – it is what it is. He talks as clear as can be and carries on conversations all night long. I have heard him conducting his orchestra, booking jobs at his desk from home, singing and just talking about all kinds of stuff. It is pretty amazing how these thoughts pop into his head at night.
Your stories on this phenomena are welcome -please share!!!