Winter is coming, even in Florida, and the days are getting shorter. Darkness causes Sun Downing. A symptom of dementia. I suffer from this issue and have for quite a while. But lately, it is becoming more pronounced and more of a problem for me and my wife.
As the sun goes down and the house gets darker, even with lamps on high, I get agitated, grouchy, and easily upset. Comments made take on negative connotations i my mind and I get angry and combative. Not physically, at least not yet. But outbursts are common and my anger is noticeable.
This is new as I have written before, since the LBD has progressed I have tried earnestly to control my temper. I know how angry I can get and I don't want that temperament to take over my life. But, lately, as it gets dark, my mood does too.
I must always know where my wife is and anything she says can invoke a grumpy response from me. If she goes into another room and I don't notice I yell for her. I even get angry with Marcel the Wonder Dog.
I will go to bed early if I feel I am overwhelmed with the Sun Downing and that has become a habit lately. Sometime escape to the sleep world is the better part of discretion. I hope I can keep that level of self-control.
As far as I know, there is no help for this. As my best friend Jerry says; "It is what it is." And ith that, I am going to bed.