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Dementia is a growing problem for the NHS as the condition becomes more apparent due to the UK's aging population. While it is an upsetting, difficult and uncomfortable condition, unique to each patient, certain similarities in the physical signs in dementia-related disease have been noted. The biggest problem with managing dementia sufferers is the patient's marked proneness to their sleep-wake cycles falling out of sync with other bodily rhythms, which leads to tendencies of patients falling asleep in the day and suffering increased wakefulness during the night hours. Some patients are reported to spend as much as 40% of the night awake, creating an increased risk of falls and injury... and not being a very pleasant experience either.
Clinical research has shown that light can help correct the rest/activity cycles of dementia patients - with new technology from the lighting industry hoping to achieve this with dimmable LED strip lights which can be adjustable from 3000 - 6500K at the touch of a button. Most dementia sufferers benefit from much brighter than usual lighting to counteract the loss of visual acuity that occurs as part of the aging process. Furthermore, Bright light therapy has shown to yield a variety of benefits: improved night time sleep, increased daytime wakefulness, reduced evening agitation and better rest/activity patterns overall for a happier life to the patient – the end aim of any care provider.
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