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My dad had a stroke n doesn’t sleep n has anxiety at night only?

by Angie
(Hacienda Heights ca)

Question My dad is 78 and had a stroke but lately he doesn’t sleep all night and gets anxiety. Also it’s only at night. What could we do? He gets panic attack too like he can’t breathe.


Answer: Several things come to mind. If the muscles are tight between the ribs or have spasticity, this could be an issue. You could ask for therapy orders to address ribcage tightness or postural issues that may be affecting breathing. It's possible that he might have a breathing disorder during sleeping or when in supine. This could be addressed by a sleep disorder specialist to make sure he doesn't have sleep apnea or decreased oxygen levels when lying down. Sleep disorders and breathing issues during sleep are common among stroke patients. It's possible that he just has anxiety and might benefit from medication. I would encourage you to take him do a doctor to explore the exact cause of the problem, and in my opinion, it would be best to see a sleep specialist.

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