What is Sundown Syndrome?
Sundown syndrome is used to describe a range of unusual behaviors that occur during the transition from day to night, like agitation, confusion, and restlessness. The syndrome primarily affects people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. In fact, as many as one in five people with Alzheimer’s will experience sundowning, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sometimes seniors recovering from surgery in hospitals or unfamiliar environments will also experience sundown syndrome.
For some, symptoms of sundowning can be more severe, including:
- Hiding things
- Feeling paranoid
- Acting violently
What triggers sundown syndrome?
It’s unknown what causes sundown syndrome, but research suggests these possible triggers:
- End of day activity
- Low light
- Internal imbalance
- Winter blues
If you or a loved one is showing signs of sundowning, it’s a good idea to discuss their medications and potential side effects with a doctor.
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