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Sleep and its impact on dementia

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Disrupted sleep is a common problem for people suffering from dementia. 

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that all individuals who have been diagnosed with some form of dementia also be screened for sleep disorders; they report that "Two-thirds of those in long-term care facilities suffer from sleeping problems."

Treating some common sleep disorders, such as restless legs or sleep apnea, can help improve the quality of life for these people as well as reduce the severity of their symptoms by improving their ability to get enough protective, restorative sleep.

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