Mom having trouble orienting herself when she wakes

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    I’ve heard about sundowner’s syndrome, but is there a sunriser’s syndrome? My mom has Alzheimer’s and things are pretty crazy in the morning. She wakes up and seems to have hallucinations. She also has a terrible time getting dressed and getting her clothing all mixed up while trying to do so.


    When people get up in the morning, becoming oriented after a deep sleep can take a bit of time. It would make sense that someone with dementia may wake up still “dreaming” and have a more difficult time re-orienting to the day world than an average person. Your mom might need time to determine what is real and her hallucinations may partly be from her dreaming the night before. Another cause could be low blood sugar and orange juice would help. A physician should give her a physical to rule out a medical cause. Help her with dressing, and orient her to the ‘real’ world when she gets up in the morning.

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