sleeping and elderly people

Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 04:49 pm
should i be worried if my 92 yr old gramma sleeps alot. day and night and seems only to stay awake to eat?
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 04:52 pm
What does her doctor say about it ?
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 05:11 pm
Yes, you should be concerned. Speak with her doctor. Also have her pharmacist review all the medications she is taking to be sure she isn't overdosing on any one ingredient.

She may just be bored to tears too. See if you can bring something new into her routine such as renting some of her favorite movies, visiting a favorite restaurant, having some friends come for a visit, look through family photo albums together, ask her to teach you something like knitting or crocheting, etc.

My 81 year old mother slept a lot last year. She was in a great deal of pain and the medications she was taking weren't helping much so she wasn't sleeping well at night. It looked like she was falling asleep all the time during the day, but she was really just catching up on lost sleep from the night before. She finally had some cortisone injections in her various joints and that eliminated her pain, and she's not napping and is more mentally alert during the day because she is sleeping well at night and doesn't need as many pain meds.
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Reply Thu 8 Dec, 2016 10:29 pm
you concern with her doctor.
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2017 08:17 am
Boredom, depression, chronic pain and/or nutritional deficiencies can be some of the underlying causes that account for excessive sleeping. Medications can also be a problem. It you will likely need the help of the physician. A doctor can determine if depression, pain, vitamin deficiencies or medications could be at the root of this sleepiness. If the doctor's determination is simply that your elder is bored, then you'll need to find ways to stimulate her interest in life.
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