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but he looks like he's just sleeping. My father tends to have bad dreams and sometimes will that wailing in his sleep and start having cold sweats. we are used to it and its also easy to shake him and wake him up. tonight weall shouted and moved him around even inflicted a bit of pain using a sternum rub but he thinks whatever we are doing, is part of his dream in the sense he will reply to us but he's definitely asleep. how do we wake him up? he is 67 years old and doesnt have a very good diet because he doesnt eat much. what is going on should i call an ambulance?

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Is this a new development? Did he serve in Viet Nam by any chance? Could it be PTSD? I would definitely let his doctor know about this and let him evaluate him. He might even need to have a sleep study done. How terrifying for you, too!
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Definitely something serious. Call 911 NOW.
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What meds is he on? Have you talked his doc about this ?
Yes, I would call EMTs and have them evaluate.
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