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Sleep Disorders in the Elderly
Korean J Clin Geri 2015 Dec;16(2):37-43
Published online December 25, 2015;
Copyright © 2015 The Korean Academy of Clinical Geriatrics.

Jung Eun Oh

Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Jung Eun Oh
Department of Family Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University Cheonan Hospital, 31 Soonchunhyang 6-gil, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan 31151, Korea
Tel: +82-41-570-2238, Fax: +82-41-592-3810,
Received December 17, 2014; Revised February 23, 2015; Accepted March 16, 2015.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Nearly half of older adults complain of difficulty sleeping and staying awake during the day or of feeling unrested after waking up. Sleep disturbances in older adults are often multifactorial. Medical illness, psychiatric conditions, medication, insomnia, circadian rhythm disturbances, primary sleep disorders, or some combination of any of these factors may result in sleep disturbances in older adults. A thorough sleep history is required and underlying causes of sleep problems should be evaluated. Appropriate treatment of sleep disorders may improve sleep and the quality of life in older adults.
Keywords : Older adults, Sleep disorders
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