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Clin Chest Med. 2007 Dec;28(4):673-84, v.

Sleep and older patients.

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  • 1Division of Pulmonary Medicine, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, CO 80206, USA.


Sleep disturbances are common among older adults. The elderly population reports more symptoms associated with poor sleep initiation and maintenance and increased daytime napping. Sleep problems may be caused by various factors, including medication use, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and primary sleep disorders. The consequences of poor sleep quality may include cognitive impairment, daytime sleepiness, and reduced quality of life. The evaluation and management of these disorders is discussed in this review.

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