Toward a Good Night’s Sleep: An Approach to Insomnia in Older Patients

ABSTRACT: Insomnia is common among older adults, who should routinely be screened for sleep-related problems. When patients experience insomnia, consider other treatable sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and periodic limb movement disorder. Keep in mind that comorbid medical and mental health conditions can contribute to insomnia as well. Recommend cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia whenever practical. Treatment of sleep-related problems can improve quality of life and reduce the impact of poor sleep on comorbid conditions.


Britney Blair, Psy.D.

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