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Clin Ter. 2004 Sep;155(9):391-4.

Sleep disorders in the elderly.

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  • 1Istituto di Psichiatria e Psicologia, Universit√† Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma, Italia.


Geriatric patients often complain about sleep disorders, but many of the typical sleep disturbances in the elderly are thought to be normal consequences of old age and go underdiagnosed and undertreated. Sleep disorders are estimated to affect nearly 50% of older persons. Most frequently the elderly suffer from Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB), Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS), Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), morning headaches, circadian rhythm disorders, excessive daytime sleepiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), and insomnia. This review describes all these common sleep problems in the older population and their possible treatment.

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