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Doctor insights on: Sundown Syndrome Symptoms

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Can turning on a lamp help sundown syndrome?

Can turning on a lamp help sundown syndrome?

It might help: Sun downing is a phenomenon most often occurs in people with dementia with increased confusion and agitation occurring later in the day. The cause of it is not known. A small lamp may help to reduce the symptoms along with a good night sleep. ...Read more

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Sundowning (Definition)

Patients, especially the elderly are more vunerable to this, particularly if they are on chronic pain medication. Typically they are fine during the day, perhaps some confusion. One way to help is to keep a night light on when sleeping. Constant orientation by nursing staff i.e. Remind the patient where they are, checking on them at night and ...Read more


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Right pupil is a little bigger than the left one after sundown. Both react quick to light and dark, but afraid it's horner syndrome. Going to doctor.

Right pupil is a little bigger than the left one after sundown. Both react quick to light and dark, but afraid it's horner syndrome. Going to doctor.

You may be over: Observant, but you also could have an adie's pupil, where light response is normal, but pupillary constriction/dilation as your gaze follows the finger from an arm's length to 6" from your nose...Accommodation. Syphillis and tertiary lues also has the opposite pupillary response, where the accommodation is intact, light reactivity is impaired. Go thee to an optometrist or ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of sundowning?

What are the usual symptoms of sundowning?

It might help: Sun downing is a phenomenon most often occurs in people with dementia with increased confusion and agitation occurring later in the day. The cause of it is not known. A small lamp may help to reduce the symptoms along with a good night sleep. ...Read more

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Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Sundowning: Can be a symptom of dementia of any kind when combined with physical problems such as hearing and vision loss. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sundowning?

What is the definition or description of: sundowning?

Confusion at dusk: Patients, especially the elderly are more vunerable to this, particularly if they are on chronic pain medication. Typically they are fine during the day, perhaps some confusion. One way to help is to keep a night light on when sleeping. Constant orientation by nursing staff i.e. Remind the patient where they are, checking on them at night and giving reassurance also helpl. ...Read more

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Is there a pill for preventing sundowning?

Is there a pill for preventing sundowning?

Not really: You're probably referring to that state of agitation & behavioral issues that seems to occur cyclically late in the day in patients w/dementia. Detective work looking for an underlying cause is key along w/redirection. While anti-psychotics are often prescribed in this situation, there is a black box warning against use in demented patients due to an increase risk of death. ...Read more

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Is there anything, other than pills, to prevent someone from sundowning?

Is there anything, other than pills, to prevent someone from sundowning?

Yes, plenty: Pills should not be first line. Re-direction should be - such as having the patient look out of a window to get oriented to day & night, music therapy, activities to keep them occupied (puzzles, drawing, walking, etc), social activities (with family, friends, and staff), minimizing use of catheters and ivs. Basically, help them stay oriented, engaged, and as independent as safely possible. ...Read more

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What is sundowning vs dementia?

What is sundowning vs dementia?

Sundowning is a: Symptom that can occur in dementia patients. It refers to misperceiving the environment or outright halliucinations whch usually occur at or after sundown, hence the name. Dementia is a degenerative illness which effects the brain and inhibits a person's ability to function. ...Read more

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What's sundowning? Why do some seniors do it after accident, illness?

What's sundowning? Why do some seniors do it after accident, illness?

Nighttime confusion: Sundowning is the term used for a period of confusion, disorientation, at times agitation, irritability, symptoms of psychosis that occurs late in day. If one is having such episodes, it should be evaluated initially by a primary care physician. ...Read more