Sleep in the elderly.

J. Martin, T. Shochat, P. R. Gehrman, S. Ancoli-Israel

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Older adults frequently experience difficulties with sleep that can be caused by specific sleep disorders (such as sleep-disordered breathing or periodic limb movements in sleep) and circadian rhythm disturbances. These all can be effectively treated. Medical illnesses and medications also can have a negative affect on sleep and effective management of these can significantly improve sleep in older adults. Sleep in institutionalized older adults is even more disturbed than sleep of community-dwelling older people and special considerations can be made to improve the quality of sleep in institutional settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-472, ix
JournalRespiratory Care Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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