- Walking may improve sundown syndrome and sleep quality in patients with dementia.
Why this matters
- Clinicians may want to encourage caregivers, particularly spouses and relatives, to walk with patients with dementia to help relieve sundown syndrome.
- 87 patients were not in the habit of walking; 67 walked regularly.
- There was a significant correlation between sleep quality and sundown syndrome (P<.01).
- Irregular walking that totaled in less than 1 h/wk was associated with shifts in sundown syndrome (P=.002).
- Accompanying walker also affected sundown syndrome: spouse, P=.003; adult children or other relatives, P=.01; no accompanying walker, P=.005.
- 184 patients with dementia were assessed for sundown syndrome and sleep quality.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- No other types of exercise were tested.