Does anyone living with LBD or a care partner recognize the photo above?
Living with DLB (Dementia with Lewy bodies) can yield frequent daytime drowsiness. Starting probably twenty years prior to my diagnosis of DLB, I would push myself to function beyond what my body was telling me.
The number of projects that I had going within my pharmacy practice
was very demanding. There was no way for me to accomplish the work
that needed to be done without pushing myself. My Dad told me
many times I could accomplish what ever I set my mind to do.
He never pushed me, but his kind advice drove me be
successful, hence I became an over-achiever. I am thankful for his
love for me in doing this.
Recently, I read an article about daytime drowsiness in DLB and Alzheimer's.
This study was done by Mayo Clinic. They found that during four
daytime nap opportunities, over 80% of those with DLB fell asleep
in 10 minutes. Those with Alzheimer's fell asleep
40% of the time in 10 minutes.
Pathological sleepiness is defined as falling asleep in less than 5 minutes.
In the case of DLB, the participants fell asleep 60% of the time, while those
with Alzheimer's fell asleep 20% of the time within 5 minutes.
Those with Alzheimer's in the study group were in the more
Interestingly, the study revealed that the presence of hallucinations,
parkinsonism or REM sleep behavior disorder was not related.
Also the study revealed that the daytime sleepiness may be attributed
to neuronal changes in the brain sleep-wake systems
in patients with DLB.
Fight like a Tiger - Be LBD Strong
©June 12, 2016 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.