Sundowner’s and the Coffee Connection: Why the Symptoms May Improve with Less Caffeine

Coffee can intensify the effects of Sundowner’s syndrome.  Read more below and thank you for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. We provideTransitional Care Management to area seniors.

Sundowner’s syndrome is a condition in which individuals with Alzheimer’s become more agitated as the day goes on. By the end of the day, they could be tired, frustrated or angry, and then they still have the tasks of the evening to get through. That can include eating, cleaning up after dinner, taking a shower or bathing, getting undressed and getting ready for bed, and more. It can feel overwhelming for the person who has been diagnosed with this form of dementia and it can also cause a bit of difficulty getting to sleep.

Another thing that can cause somebody with Alzheimer’s to have difficulty sleeping is too much caffeine late in the day. October is Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month and when it comes to any type of Alzheimer’s care, things can improve tremendously if the senior is encouraged to cut out caffeine in the afternoon and evening hours.

How long caffeine remains in the system.

Caffeine is a stimulant that can remain in the body for up to eight hours. That means somebody who has a fresh cup of caffeinated coffee at 2 o’clock in the afternoon can still feel the effects at 10 PM.

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