"Tossin' and Turnin' All Night!" – Poor Sleep Not a Normal Part of Aging
Insomnia is a common problem that warrants increased attention from doctors who care for older adults, researchers say.
presents a five-step approach to diagnose and manage insomnia in these
patients. Iffollowed, data shows that doctors could help to reduce
sleep disturbances in the geriatric population.
The steps include:
(1) detection through asking patients questions,
(2) elaboration of the problem,
(3) determining if there is a medical or psychiatric emergency,
(4) further evaluation of chronic insomnia, if present, and
(5) intervention, which can include pharmacological treatment.
perception of sleeping poorly, coupled with daytime sequelae such as
fatigue or irritability, is cause for seeking medical help," said Dr.
W. Vaughn McCall, MS, author of an article about the study that was
published in a special insomnia-themed supplement of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
address insomnia could lead to bad outcomes, such as clinical
depression. Insomnia can be cause by numerous factors, but can be
treated successfully either through lifestyle and behavioral changes or
through medications," said McCall.
Dr. McCall is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society publishes articles that are relevant in the broadest terms to the clinical care of older persons.
For more information on the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University Health Sciences visit www.wfubmc.edu or for more information on the American Geriatrics Society, visit www.americangeriatrics.org.