Sleep Disturbances in the Elderly.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Sleep disturbances are a common presenting symptom of older-age adults to their physicians. This article explores normal changes in sleep pattern with aging and primary sleep disorders in the elderly. Behavioral factors and primary psychiatric disorders affecting sleep in this population are reviewed. Further discussion examines sleep changes associated with 2 common forms of neurocognitive disorder: Alzheimer disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Common medical illnesses in the elderly are discussed in relation to sleep symptoms. Nonpharmacological and pharmacologic treatment strategies are summarized, with emphasis placed on risk of side effects in older adults. Future targets are considered.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zdanys, KF; Steffens, DC

Published Date

  • December 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 723 - 741

PubMed ID

  • 26600105

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3147

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.psc.2015.07.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States