Day and Night Mixed Up

jannieJune 4, 2013

My husband has his days and nights confused. He has MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Progressive type, and is now so bad he is confined to bed. He also has Alz-like symptoms and seizures. He routinely sleeps all day. He'll awaken between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, ask me to make him some food, then turns on the bedroom TV and watches till he goes to sleep, which is usually between 3 an d 4 am. Next day, same thing, sleep 12 hours, wake up in the afternoon. I asked his doctor, who said wake him 30 minutes early (like 2:30 pm) for a week, then 2 pm for a week, etc. In other words, shift him back 30 minutes at a time. This is difficult for me. I'm an early riser, like 6 or 7 am, after 30 plus years of having to wake up for my job, now retired. Has anyone else dealt with this? Any suggestions? h

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After I retired I was doing the same thing your husband is doing. My doctor suggested the same method for me. It will work as long as the sleeper is kept awake at rising.

You could of course change your sleeping pattern to match his. During his awake time does he need assistance? You might want to investigate having someone to watch him while you are not active.

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