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What casues drowsiness in an elderly?

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Posted on Fri, 30 May 2014
Question: my mother is 92 pas 3 weeks she sleep about 18 19 hours per day, she wake up for breakfast and lunch and every time I go to her and talk to her sometimes she answer me some other time she is so deep sleep ,, is this normal for 92 years old?? her oxygen level is 85%
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Hypoxia may cause increased drowsiness

Detailed Answer:
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Old age and Decreased oxygen level ( Hypoxia) decrease the cognitive function including ability to concentrate. This leads increased drowsiness and may also cause excessive sleep.

In case you require any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.


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Best Regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
MBBS, MD
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Brief Answer: Hypoxia may cause increased drowsiness Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Greetings of the day Dear Ms Old age and Decreased oxygen level ( Hypoxia) decrease the cognitive function including ability to concentrate. This leads increased drowsiness and may also cause excessive sleep. In case you require any further assistance, will be glad to assist you. Take care Best Regards Dr T Shobha Deepak MBBS, MD