How is sleep dysfunction in elderly women treated?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019
  • Author: Gila Hertz, PhD, ABSM; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Older women should be aware of sleep disturbances and not dismiss them as part of the aging process. In addition, the presence of significant daytime sleepiness should be investigated. A sleep study may be required to rule out major sleep disorders.

The physician should be aware of the patient's medical and psychiatric conditions and target the treatment at the cause of the disturbance rather than at the symptoms. General guidelines for better sleep habits should be provided.


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