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the appearance of confusion, agitation, and other severely disruptive behavior coupled with inability to remain asleep, occurring solely or markedly worsening at night; sometimes seen in older patients with dementia or other mental disorders.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Aetiology Sedatives, analgesics, hypnotics
Risk factors Dementia, organic brain syndrome, vision or hearing defects, dehydration, fatigue
Management Increase hydration, ensure adequate rest, reduce stress—i.e., do not test their memory, agree with them whenever possible
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sundown syndromeSundowning Psychiatry A term for disorientation , agitation, or general worsening of mental Sx affecting some elderly persons at dusk or nightfall Clinical Picking at bed clothing, banging on bedrails, shouting Etiology Sedatives, analgesics, hypnotics Risk factors Dementia, organic brain syndrome, vision or hearing defects, dehydration, fatigue
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