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A 29-year-old female asked about a 74-year-old male:

What r possible causes for decreased short-t memry+daytime sleepiness+off&on pm insomnia and/or disrupted sleep(wake arousals) in a 73 yr old man ?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
Chicken ; Egg: Sleep deprivation may be effecting his memory or something else. His doc can help w/exam and a sleep study. He can find out why his sleep cycle is off and work on correcting it. Peace and good health.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
HERE'S A FEW: You clearly describe a sleep disorder, and whether it represents sleep apnea, nocturnal oxygen desaturation, vitamin or emotional dysfcntn needs to be clarified. Although this can create memory problems, your sleep disorder could be secondary to a primary cognitive problem such as lacunar infarcts or alzheimer's. You critically need to get this under control asap. See neurology and get treated.
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Last updated Mar 28, 2014


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