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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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Elderly male sleeping up to 16 hrs/day, misses out on breakfast, lunch. Usually eats a lot of food at dinner, but still losing weight. Reasons?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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Elderly male sleeping up to 16 hrs/day, misses out on breakfast, lunch.  Usually eats a lot of food at dinner, but still losing weight.  Reasons?

Inadequate nutrition: When evaluating weight loss, we start w/basics: Can they afford food? Is that person getting enough to eat? Eating a lot of food at dinner may not make up for missed calories from 2 meals. We also want to assess ability to chew & swallow food. In this case, I'd also want to find out why he's sleeping 16hrs/d, which is twice avg am't. After that, then we look for hyperthyroidism, cancer & other dz ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
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I'd heard the elderly have trouble sleeping, why did my parents sleep 14 hours each day?

Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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I'd heard the elderly have trouble sleeping, why did my parents sleep 14 hours each day?

All are not the same: Everyone's a little different. Also, medications can increase (or decrease) need for sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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How many hours of sleep per 24hr does an elderly person need? 92 walks. Makes many loud breathing sounds at night but asleep; cat naps during the day

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How many hours of sleep per 24hr does an elderly person need? 92 walks. Makes many loud breathing  sounds at night but asleep; cat naps during the day

She sleeps whenever: The amount of sleep may not change but habbit of sleep will over time. When young, u have to work and have other responsibilties to accomplish during day, thus needing to sleep at night. At 92, she does not have to get up early, so sleeps whenever she wants, naps whenever convenient. As long as she feels well and active when up, she is fine. She got to 92! she sleeps when she needs it! :-)). ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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Is elderly people actually get the same amount of sleep or only slightly less sleep than they got when younger?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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Is elderly people actually get the same amount of sleep or only slightly less sleep than they got when younger?

Paradoxically: We need less sleep as we age. Nobody knows why because we do not understand the mechanism of sleep, even though we die without it. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
Board Certified, Psychiatry
21 years in practice
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Why do the elderly sleep for so long?

Dr. Ravi Chand
Board Certified, Psychiatry
21 years in practice
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Why do the elderly sleep for so long?

Elderly: Elderly need the same amount of sleep normal adults need, however their sleep efficiency decreases and they wake up frequently, also boredom, loneliness can cause them to sleep more and feel depressed. Please give them lots of love and attention, talking daily, spending time with them, doing activities, love, warmth and care will go a long way to help them feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Can an elderly sleep after hitting head?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can an elderly sleep after hitting head?

If the person has : Signs of serious head injury - they should be medically evaluated. Otherwise they can go to sleep if they desire. Possible concussion sxs: + or – loss of consciousness, headache / pressure, can't recall event, dizziness, v coordination, ringing in ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea / vomiting ; fatigue. For concussion seek medical care. Seek urgent treatment for loss of consciousness, >>. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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How much sleep do elderly people need?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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How much sleep do elderly people need?

Varies ~7+/-hrs: While we typically think of elderly as needing less sleep, answer to your question really depends upon many factors. For instance, how old is old? Any underlying medical conditions and/or medications? Prior sleep disorders? Bottom line, quality of sleep is probably at least as important if not more so than quantity. And rather than ask/answer general question, ask individual if they got enough sle ...Read more

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Should an elderly wiman sleep in a room with temp below 50 degrees when she is having respiroty problems, just got over pneumonia.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Should an elderly wiman sleep in a room with temp below 50 degrees when she is having respiroty problems, just got over pneumonia.

No: This is too cold with or without a respiratory infection, to sleep in. 65 degrees should be appropriate at night. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

Dr. Ravi Chand
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

Sleep: Elderly people need the same amount of sleep in 24 hours just as normal adults. Although they have more altered homeostatic and circadian drives due to multiple factors. Not sure what the term polyphasic refers to exactly. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Safford
Board Certified, Critical Care
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How much sleep should the elderly have? Are afternoon naps ok?

Dr. Mark Safford
Board Certified, Critical Care
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How much sleep should the elderly have? Are afternoon naps ok?

Sleep: Regardless of age if a nap in the afternoon is needed it should be taken. As long as you wake up refreshed there is no need to be concerned. ...Read more

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