Some elderly people are always sleepy during the day, watching TV and falling asleep, accompanied by symptoms such as memory loss and unresponsiveness. This is often a sleep disorder in the elderly, which is closely related to various chronic diseases. Ren Qingguo, deputy director of the Department of Neurology, Zhongda Hospital affiliated to Southeast University, reminded that if elderly friends have a “sit on sleep” situation, they need to be alert to the following diseases.
Heart disease is a common and predisposed disease in the elderly. Chronic heart disease, especially chronic heart failure and pulmonary heart disease, cause blood supply to the brain, insufficient oxygen supply, and weakened activity of the cranial nerves. Drowsiness.
Cerebrovascular disease Many elderly people have different degrees of atherosclerosis, which often affects the blood supply and oxygen supply of various organs in the body. Because the cerebral blood vessels of the elderly are relatively small, vascular occlusion during cerebral infarction may lead to blood supply to the brain and a decrease in oxygen supply, resulting in symptoms such as lethargy and yawning.
In patients with diabetes, due to chronic hyperglycemia, cerebral arteriosclerosis, microcirculatory disorders, insufficient blood supply to the brain, neuronal and neurofibrillary damage, and increased glycosylated hemoglobin, the body’s metabolism gradually becomes slower and more likely to cause Sleepiness.
Alzheimer’s disease Patients with aging and cognitive decline often have brain atrophy, decreased brain function, etc., leading to sleep disorders, and early sleep inversion occurs during the night without sleep and daytime sleepiness.
If the elderly in the family have a situation of “sitting while sleeping”, it is recommended to go to the hospital to improve the relevant examinations in time to eliminate the lesions including acute cerebrovascular diseases. If you are suffering from drowsiness due to chronic illness, elderly friends should try to do the following: 1. Enrich life content, participate in social activities, chat with peers, draw pictures, etc., develop hobbies; 2. Select suitable projects for Exercise, such as walking, playing Tai Chi, etc., improve physical function; 3. Ensure sun exposure time, increase calcium absorption; 4. Adjust biological clock, develop good sleep habits, reduce daytime sleep time, lunch break control within 1 hour; Patients with cognitive decline have comprehensive cognitive function training based on drug therapy.