Sleep: A Critical But Overlooked Aspect of Dementia Management

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The Sleep Function Interdisciplinary Group (SAFIG) at the University of Alberta with the help of the CanadianDementia Knowledge Translation Network have created the website Sleep: a critical but overlooked aspect of dementia management.  This website reviews the research evidence on the effects that lack of sleep may have on a person with dementia and suggests non-pharmacological ways to get a better sleep. 
The group was also involved in a creating a national survey on healthcare providers’ use of non-pharmacological sleep interventions for persons with dementia.  The results of the survey are available in their report, Understanding healthcare providers barriers to prescribing and recommending non-pharmacological sleep interventions for persons diagnoses with dementia

To visit the website, Sleep: a critical but overlooked aspect of dementia management, please click here.