Tailored Light Exposure Improves Sleep, Mood, Behavior in Alzheimer’s Patients, Study Shows

Tailored Light Exposure Improves Sleep, Mood, Behavior in Alzheimer’s Patients, Study Shows
A tailored lighting intervention in nursing homes can improve sleep, mood, and behavior in patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study's preliminary results. The study, “Tailored Lighting Intervention For Alzheimer’s Patients And Its Effects On Sleep, Mood And Agitation,” was presented at SLEEP 2018, the 32nd joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, recently held in Baltimore. Alzheimer’s patients, and those with related dementias, often experience changes in their sleeping habits and behavior, commonly leading to increased irritability and aggressiveness. These alterations can make caregiver tasks much more difficult and harder to manage. Light exposure during the day has been proven beneficial to regulate sleep and improve behavior in Alzheimer’s patients. However, the light levels required are high and lighting fixtures currently available cannot deliver the level and spectrum of lighting required to achieve a therapeutic effect. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, evaluated whether a tailored lighting intervention could help improve sleep and behavior in patients living in long-term care facilities. The study enrolled 43 patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and r
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