Increased Drowsiness and Sleeping
You may notice increased drowsiness, more daytime sleeping and changes in the ability to respond to others. This is a natural changing of the body rhythms. Daytime and nighttime sleep patterns may get mixed up. Sometimes people will drift in and out of sleep around the clock rather than sleeping continuously for hours at a time. Generally, sleeping time will increase and consciousness diminish as the final stages of illness progress.
- Be attentive to times when the person is more alert and use those times to tell that person whatever is important to you.
- Always assume that the person who is ill is still able to listen even if they are sleeping or unable to respond. When you are in the room, speak as you would if the person were awake and alert.
- Continue to communicate and offer comfort by talking calmly and touching gently.
- Try to sleep when the person you are caring for sleeps.