Insomnia in late life: New perspectives on an old problem

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insomnia is a pervasive complaint among older Americans, 1 so much so that many assume advanced age is inevitably linked wih disturbed sleep. Nevertheless, a growing body of evidence indicates that disease burden, medication effect, inactivity, and poor sleep habits rather than age are the major contributors to sleep disorders. 2 As a result, proper diagnosis and modification in patient sleep habits can frequently prevent the need for pharmacologic intervention. Unfortunately, <25% of older adults with insomnia have discussed the problem with their physicians. 3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalPrimary Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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