Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Volume: 2

Disordered Sleep among Older Adults

Author(s): Robert E. Davis and Paul D. Loprinzi

Pp: 84-95 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681084510116020009

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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends that the average adult accrue between 7 and 9 hours of quality sleep per night for optimal health and performance outcomes; for older adults the recommendation becomes 7 to 8 hours per night [1]. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refer to insufficient sleep as a public health problem and, subsequently, recommend adequate sleep be considered as a vital sign of health. Lifestyle choices and personal habits often prohibit individuals from achieving this recommendation for healthy sleep duration, however, many adults fail to adhere to sleep guidelines because of an existing acute or chronic sleep disorder.

Keywords: Aging and sleep, Apnea, Sleep disorders, Sleep hygiene, Sleep research, Sleep stages.

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