Sleep and Sleep Disorders

  • Joyce D. Kales
  • Michael Carvell
  • Anthony Kales


Elderly persons frequently complain of problems with their sleep.1–7 Actually, they often are very concerned about not obtaining enough sleep and/or not feeling refreshed after sleep.2,4,7 Physicians, however, may feel that some elderly patients are excessively preoccupied with their sleep in a hypochondriacal manner. Thus, not infrequently the elderly’s sleep complaints are not given proper attention or are simply dealt with through the hasty prescription of a hypnotic.2,4 Through such practices, a number of important issues related to the nocturnal as well as daytime life are overlooked, while there is an additional risk of creating certain iatrogenic complications.


Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorder Elderly Person Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Sleep Laboratory 


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  • Joyce D. Kales
  • Michael Carvell
  • Anthony Kales

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