why do the elderly sleep so much

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered:

Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

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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
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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

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Everyone's a little different. Also, medications can increase (or decrease) need for sleep.
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

What would happen if an elderly person is given a sleeping pill but hides it under tongue?

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Your doctor needs to be informed. Might substitute with liquid form or crushed pill.
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Elderly grandma has HBP and CHF & has trouble sleeping. she has become very emotional and doesn't make sense. What would calm her safely?

Delirium?

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Your grandma needs an urgent assessment with her primary care physician. The mental status changes you describe (sleep disturbance, very emotional, and "doesn't make sense") are consistent with delirium, a confusional state caused by many kinds of medical problems including medication reactions -- but you list no meds. Treatment requires correcting the underlying cause.
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Dr. Bac X. Nguyen answered:

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

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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! :-))
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

Elderly grandma (88) frequently falls asleep in her chair during the day. Is this normal?

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At this age, having blood pressure issues & being on BP medications, that is expected. Relax.
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What is better for an elderly person to take to stay asleep through the night - liquid melatonin or a tablet?

Melatonin

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Usually liquid form is easier to take in, at lowest dose possible (can be titrated down to less than 1 mg. doses).
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Is my newborn sleeping to much?

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The answers vary but normal sleep in newborn term infant is between 16-20 hours. By 3 months this can decrease to 14-16 hours.
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Can sleeping too much be bad for you?

It depends

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It depends on may things: 1) What do you mean by too much? 2) How does sleeping interfere with your life? 3) What is causing the increased sleep [eg, depression, anxiety, medical problem, medication side effect, drug or alcohol problem, social stresses....]. It sounds like it would be good to get a medical evaluation. Your doctor can suggest next steps. Hope this answer helped.
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Can sleeping too much make you itchy?

No

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Only if there are bed bugs on what you are sleeping on. Or if you have an allergy to something in the bedding.
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