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Dreams Start

Welcome to the DREAMS:START project

  • Sleep difficulties in dementia are common and varied, including reduced sleep at night, night-time awakenings and wandering, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Family carers are often woken by their relatives' sleep difficulties.
  • Night-time care costs to continue caring at home can be unaffordable.
  • DREAMS:START (Dementia Related Manual for Sleep; Strategies for Relatives) is a psychological intervention, developed in consultation with current and former carers and people living with dementia.
  • This randomised controlled trial will test the feasibility for a full-scale trial and acceptability of the manualised intervention.
  • The intervention - consisting of six sessions - is tailored to the particular sleep difficulties of each person with dementia and delivered to their caregiver.

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research [Health Technology Assessment] (project number: 14/220/06)