After entering old age, the body begins to go downhill, and diseases such as insomnia, sleepiness, and forgetfulness bother the elderly. Among them, the problem of sleepiness in the elderly is particularly prominent. However, many elderly people think that sleep is a normal phenomenon, and they often do not pay attention. However, Professor Hu Taohong, chief physician of the cardiovascular medicine department of the Rocket Army Specialized Medical Center, said that elderly people should not sleep, and elderly people over 60 often sleep or Is a potential signal of some diseases.
Elderly people are ill, often with mild and atypical symptoms, especially when the original disease worsens, often manifesting as depression or slumber. At this time, we must be highly vigilant whether cerebrovascular disease or other serious diseases have occurred. Judging from clinical observations, the elderly are sleeping too much or are always sleeping, it may be that five diseases are sounding the alarm to the body.
1. Cerebral infarction. Older people are also at increased risk of cerebral infarction due to damage to blood vessel walls. Although there is no obvious symptom usually, it will appear to be very sleepy or lethargic before the attack, so be alert.
2. Alzheimer’s disease. In the early stage of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, many elderly people will experience drowsiness. Once this happens, they must go to the hospital for screening for Alzheimer’s disease and timely intervention and control.
3. Diabetic ketoacidosis. If an elderly person with diabetes suddenly “woke up” throughout the day, it is likely to be due to complicated diabetic ketoacidosis, and he should go to the hospital for treatment.
4. Cerebral arteriosclerosis. If the elderly suffer from cerebrovascular diseases such as cerebral arteriosclerosis, the permeability of the blood-brain barrier in the brain will be reduced, causing ischemia, hypoxia, and drowsiness in the brain tissue. Brain CT, blood sugar, etc. should be checked in time to observe blood pressure.
5. Hypothyroidism. Decreased thyroid function is also easy to cause drowsiness in the elderly, and it may also be accompanied by cold fear, increased blood lipids, and decreased mobility. At this time, you should seek medical treatment in a timely manner.
Under normal circumstances, sleep time should be 7-8 hours, but it depends on individual differences. It is observed that many elderly people sleep less than 6 hours. If you do fall asleep fast and have deep sleep, no dreams, or less dreams, you can fully recover energy after 6 hours of sleep; and if you fall slowly and shallow, and often dream more, even if you sleep for 10 hours, you will still lose energy. You should go to the hospital for the necessary treatment as soon as possible to get a quality sleep.
If you want to have a normal and healthy sleep, here to remind the elderly, pay attention to five points:
1. Usually don’t eat too much (seven times full), eat more fish and cereals.
2. Don’t stay up late, go to bed at 10:30 in the evening, develop the habit of going to bed early and getting up early, and sleep about 40 minutes after lunch every day.
3. Insist on morning exercises (jogging, tai chi, etc.) every day and breathe more fresh air.
4. Do more acupressure, massage the temples 5 times a day, 3 minutes each time.
5. Food should be low in oil and salt, and eat dark vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and philippine. (Reporter Wei Lijie Correspondent Mo Peng Zhang Qian)