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Is Increased Sleep a Sign of Approaching Death?

Patient on hospice sleeping

Yes, increased sleep can be a sign of approaching death. As a person gets closer to death, their body's metabolism slows down and they may need less energy. This can lead to increased sleepiness. Additionally, as a person's body begins to shut down, they may experience changes in their sleep patterns, such as sleeping for longer periods of time or having difficulty waking up.

Here are some other signs that death may be approaching:

  • Loss of appetite

  • Decreased activity level

  • Weakness

  • Confusion

  • Changes in breathing patterns

  • Decreased body temperature

  • Loss of bladder and bowel control

  • Hallucinations

If you are concerned that a loved one may be approaching death, it is important to talk to their healthcare provider. You can reach out to us at 803.551.5552 and we can help you to understand the signs and symptoms of approaching death and to provide you with support during this difficult time.


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