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The Health Economics of Sleep Disorders Among Older Adults

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

Sleep disorders are associated with well-documented health consequences and substantial economic burden among older adults. This review aims to highlight the existing health economic evidence of sleep disorders among older adults.

Recent Findings

As highlighted throughout this review, sleep disorders are associated with substantial economic costs that are borne by patients, payers, and society. Direct and indirect costs, as well as diminished health-related quality of life, are reviewed for common sleep disorders. Further, potential health economic benefits from diagnosing and treating sleep disorders among older adults are considered.

Summary

This review highlights the economic aspects of sleep disorders among older adults, including the economic costs of treating sleep disorders and potential economic gain from treating sleep disorders. Future research should seek to include and incorporate economic endpoints into studies of sleep among older adults. Particular emphasis should be placed on older adults with comorbid medical and psychiatric disease (e.g., cardiovascular disease, depression, neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease), as well as the relative economic impact of various approaches to diagnosis and treatment, including telemedicine and remote monitoring of sleep among older adults.

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EMW has served as a scientific consultant for Dayzz, Eisai, Merck, and Purdue and is an equity shareholder in WellTap.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. Dr. Wickwire reports grants from AASM Foundation, grants from Department of Defense, grants from Merck, grants from ResMed, personal fees from Dayzz, personal fees from Eisai, personal fees from Merck, personal fees from Purdue, and his role as an equity shareholder at WellTap, outside the submitted work. EMW’s institution has received research funding from the AASM Foundation, Department of Defense, Merck, and ResMed.

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Mohit, B., Wickwire, E.M. The Health Economics of Sleep Disorders Among Older Adults. Curr Sleep Medicine Rep 6, 21–31 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40675-020-00166-y

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