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J Korean Sleep Res Soc. 2011;8(2):31-34.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13078/jksrs.11008
Sleep Disturbances in the Elderly
Kwang Ki Kim, Il-Young Jung
Department of Neurology, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea
Corresponding Author: Kwang Ki Kim ,Tel: +82-31-961-7215, Fax: +82-31-961-7212, Email: neukim@duih.org
Received: May 31, 2011   Accepted: December 23, 2011   Published online: December 31, 2011
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ABSTRACT
Sleep disturbances are common in the elderly population. Physiological changes, medical and psychiatric condition, medication use and environmental factors such as institutionalization can disrupt the sleep of aged person. In this article, we reviewed the normal physiological changes that can affect the sleep and primary and secondary sleep problems that can occur in the elderly. Additionally, we looked over the special condition such as admission to hospital or institutionalization. In summing up, sleep problems are very frequent and important issues in the geriatric people.
Keywords: Sleep disturbance | Elderly
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