The Alzheimer’s Association warns that as individuals’ Alzheimer’s advances, they often experience disruption of sleep patterns. It is important to make sure your loved one with Alzheimer’s is comfortable and resting well during the night.
Sleep disruption affecting people with Alzheimer’s can be caused by not sleeping at night and frequent napping during the day. Other medical issues besides Alzheimer’s, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, can exacerbate the problems your loved one is experiencing with sleep. Sleeping pills are not recommended for constant use in this situation. Try non-drug solutions first, such as establishing regular bedtime routines and making sure your loved one is comfortable in bed. We sell many bed pillows and wedges for this purpose.
One of our most popular items is the BackMax Body Wedge Cushion, which can be used on the bed or the couch. It consists of three wedges connected by zippers to allow for multiple positions, including the “zero-gravity position” that is the most relaxed position for the heart and nervous system. The back wedge aligns with the curvature of the spine for maximum relief. Made of 100 percent polyurethane foam with a polyester cover, the BackMax Body Wedge Cushion allows for at least eight different relaxing positions.
If all you are looking for is a simple wedge, we have many different kinds of those as well. The Leg Lifter Wedge Pillow fits under the knees to put the body in the perfect pelvic tilt position to ease stress on the lower spine.
The Elevated Leg Rest also raises the feet, which is healthy for circulation. Increased circulation helps relieve swollen legs and varicose veins.
While the Leg Lifter Wedge Pillow and the Elevated Leg Rest are made of polyurethane, the Softeze Memory Foam All Purpose Wedge is made of soft, temperature-sensitive memory foam that molds to the contours of the body. Its dynamic shape allows for use not only with the legs, but also with the head, neck and back.
If your loved one experiences acid reflux or sinus problems during the night, a Rest Mate Bed Wedge can help by tilting the back just enough to relieve these conditions. A bed wedge may also help with sleep apnea and snoring.
Part of coping with Alzheimer’s includes maintaining a healthy night’s sleep. We hope our wedges and pillows combined with establishing consistent routines will bring your loved one the rest and sleep they need.