What is Sundown Syndrome?
- Sundowners syndrome
- Late-day confusion
Sundown syndrome describes a group of symptoms that occur in geriatric adults—usually those living with dementia—later in the day and cause disruptions to daily routines.
Who Experiences Sundowning?
According to the National Institute on Aging, people in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease are more likely than the general population to develop sundowning symptoms. In other words, while people with other forms of dementia, or even no dementia at all, can develop sundowners syndrome, it is less common, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
What are the Symptoms of Sundown Syndrome?
There is no official definition of this syndrome. That said, it generally describes a group of symptoms that occur later in the day, specifically late afternoon and early evening, including:
- Agitation and restlessness
- Sudden behavioral changes
- Volatile mood swings
- Sleep disturbances