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How to deal with "sundowning," with guest Antonio Culebras, MD, on Upstate's The Informed Patient podcast

'Sundowning': deteriorating behavior tied to cognitive decline

"Sundowning" describes what happens when some people with dementia become confused or anxious in the late afternoon and into the evening, as the sun goes down. Antonio Culebras, MD, explains what can be done to help someone who is sundowning. He also discusses the importance of sleep for everyone and his co-creation of World Sleep Day 16 years ago. Culebras is a professor of neurology at Upstate and the dean of sleep medicine in Central New York, as he started the first sleep center in Syracuse in the 1970s. The World Sleep Society offers more information about the importance of proper sleep.