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Doctor insights on: Why Does My Grandma Sleep So Much

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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My grandma has alzheimer's and is sleeping to much is that bad?

My grandma  has alzheimer's and is sleeping to much is that bad?

Many possibilities: Multiple possibilities, it could be a side effect to a medication she is on , it could be an atypical sign of delirium, and it could be a sign of depression associated with her alzheimer's. She need more comprehensive assessment. Have her see her psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What can help my 86 year old grandma get some sleep?

What can help my 86 year old grandma get some sleep?

Depends: Depends on what is going on. Getting to sleep? Staying asleep? Poor quality sleep? Older people tend to have difficulty maintaining sleep. Usually chronic medical problems, medications, and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea could be the cause. Find out what the problem is with sleep. That will help guide what the problem may be, which may help guide recommendations. ...Read more

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How can I help my 90 year old grandma have a good nights sleep? Should I call at night if she worries about me?

How can I help my 90 year old grandma have a good nights sleep? Should I call at night if she worries about me?

Anxiety in elderly: Your grandma may be like many others her age in having sleep difficulty, but there's help for it. You could help her get to her family doctor for some help with this issue. If it helps for you to call and let her know you're okay -- and you want to do this -- by all means do so. Are things you're doing that worry you too? Maybe take a close look at those to see if you need attention also. ...Read more

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My daughter emra keeps having nightmares about people dying and she doesn't want to sleep but when she a at her grandmas they go away, why is this?

My daughter emra keeps having nightmares about people dying and she doesn't want to sleep but when she a at her grandmas they go away, why is this?

Situational: Something in your daughter's life may be upsetting her that she doesn't recognize and can't explain to anyone. This may be triggering some past event that is connected to you and home but less so at grandma's eg. anniversary of someone's death, loss of a pet etc. Suggest you ask your daughter and/or check around to see what might be stressing her. Also talk to grandma who may be wise to something. ...Read more

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I worry about my grandma and she worries about me. We live together, have no other family support and both aren't sleeping well (anxiety) any advice?

I worry about my grandma and she worries about me. We live together, have no other family support and both aren't sleeping well (anxiety) any advice?

Edler Support: Congratulations on being there for one another. Anxiety can be a bit contagous, passed on from one to another. Try to introduce new ideas and topics into conversation and daily life so as to avoid this. Look for some senior/elder care support from your county aging services (found in blue pages of phone book). Continue to be grateful for one another and live in the present. ...Read more

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My grandma has trouble sleeping through the night. I was wondering if there is something i could give her or do for her?

My grandma has trouble sleeping through the night. I was wondering if there is something i could give her or do for her?

Common problem: This is a very common problem, especially in the elderly. Though otc preps such as tylenol (acetaminophen) pm can have side effects, in general they would be safe to try. The best course would be for her to check with her primary health care provider who knows her medical history. ...Read more

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My grandma has been sleeping a lot. She gets up around 5 am every morning and takes occasional naps throughout the day and is falling asleep by 8?

My grandma has been sleeping a lot. She gets up around 5 am every morning and takes occasional naps throughout the day and is falling asleep by 8?

Remember: Fatigue and "sleeping a lot" are very nonspecific symptoms, with many causes. If you are worried about her, you should make sure this issue is reviewed with her primary care doctor so that a reasonable evaluation can be undertaken. ...Read more

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My grandma(85years)sat 1month inbed.now she can't walk & she is hardly swallowing&want 2 sleep.what 2 do&is it right that these signs occur be4 death?

My grandma(85years)sat 1month inbed.now she can't walk & she is hardly swallowing&want 2 sleep.what 2 do&is it right that these signs occur be4 death?

Bedbound not eating: Please go to the ER, there could be a lot going on. If you literally do not walk at all for 1 month it is hard to begin walking again . But could also be thyroid dysfunction, autoimmune process, sleep apnea ,diabetes depression, Your GM needs a full work up with xray, labs CBC, CMP, thyroid, B12,, urine , cortisol, Go t o ER ASAP it could be reversible -85 is not that old. ...Read more

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Hi, my grandma finger is throbbing on and off and it's puffy. Any home remedies? Pleaseeee she's in pain and can't sleep at all

Hi, my grandma finger is throbbing on and off and it's puffy. Any home remedies? Pleaseeee she's in pain and can't sleep at all

Needs evaluation : if she is in so much pain that she can't sleep she needs evaluation. It can be many things including infection, arthritis etc. see PCP ...Read more