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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Why do the elderly sleep for so long?

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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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. Alvin Lin
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How much sleep do elderly people need?

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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How much sleep should the elderly have? Are afternoon naps ok?

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

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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Can an elderly sleep after hitting head?

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

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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Is it common for the elderly to develop obstructive sleep apnea?

Is it common for the elderly to develop obstructive sleep apnea?

More likely: As we get older the risk of sleep apnea increases. Especially if we gain some weight and as we age our muscles that hold the throat open tend to relax. ...Read more

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What are some techniques to help elderly calm their mind of racing thoughts and stress to get better sleep?

What are some techniques to help elderly calm their mind of racing thoughts and stress to get better sleep?

Elderly Health: Consult with your doctor to rule out any medical issues. Take daily walks, even if it is for short distances, make sure your nutrition is healthy, focusing on a plant based diet. Confide in those close to you about your concerns, don't keep your troubles to yourself. If your still troubled consult a mental health professional who specializes in geriatric care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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