What is sundown syndrome?

  • 1
related to an answer for: What Is Sundown Syndrome?

1 Answer

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.

When you are with someone who has Alzheimer's disease, you may notice big changes in how they act in the late afternoon or early evening. Doctors call it sundowning, or sundown syndrome.

When someone is sundowning, they may be:

  • Agitated (upset or anxious)

  • Restless

  • Irritable

  • Confused

  • Disoriented

  • Demanding

  • Suspicious


They also may:

  • Yell

  • Pace

  • Hear or see things that aren't there

  • Have mood swings


 Up to 1 out of 5 people with Alzheimer's get sundown syndrome. But it can also happen to older people who don't have dementia.

What is the treatment and can it be cured if caused by meds while on a ventilator for 10 days
Sundown syndrome may be cured or relieved through intensive care and the use of drugs for improving brain circulation. Has the patient been diagnosed with this disease by a doctor? If the patient loses consciousness when using the ventilator, it is difficult to judge whether the patient can wake up again at present.
...