Which age groups have the highest prevalence of sleep-wake disorders?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Increasing age predisposes to sleep disorders (5% incidence in persons aged 30-50 years and 30% in those aged 50 years or older). People who are elderly experience a decrease in total sleep time, with more frequent awakenings during the night. Elderly persons also have a higher incidence of general medical conditions and are more likely to be taking medications that cause sleep disruption.

People who are elderly may have widespread or multisite pain that is associated with sleep difficulty, according to the Maintenance of Balance, Independent Living, Intellect, and Zest in the Elderly study (MOBILIZE) study. [2]


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