>Revista de la Facultad de Medicina UNAM
>Year 2018, Issue 1
Alterations of sleep in older adults
Rev Fac Med UNAM 2018; 61 (1)
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Insomnia is highly prevalent in the population and even more
in the elderly. Nearly 50% of the population suffers from insomnia.
It is a problem associated with a great number of
disorders: decreased physical ability, lack of concentration
and attention problems; many diseases are worsened and this
ends up producing a decrease in the quality of life of these
people. Insomnia is also interrelated with multiple physical,
psychological and social problems, these can worsen or be
the cause of other sleep disorders.
Recognizing sleep disorders and classifying them adequately
helps to determine the need for complementary studies,
select the most appropriate individual management,
recommend non-pharmacological management (cognitive
behavioral therapy, environmental management) and if necessary,
to determine the most suitable type of drug, taking
into consideration its possible association with other diseases
(COPD, depression, anxiety, restless legs syndrome, etc.).
This small review aims to present to the general practitioner
the basis for attending an elderly patient suffering from sleep
disturbances. Taking into account, that there are changes
produced by aging that alter the sleep-wake cycle and the
psychosocial changes that occur.
||Insomnia, elderly, old.
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