Steps to Help Insomnia in Seniors

Published Online: Thursday, September 1, 2005

Researchers have presented a 5-pronged approach to diagnose and manage insomnia in the elderly. If followed, the data show that physicians could help lower sleep disturbances in the senior population. The steps, outlined in the Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine's insomnia supplement (July 2005), include the following:

  • Detection by questioning of the patient
  • Elaboration of the problem
  • Determination of medical or psychiatric emergency
  • Further assessment of chronic insomnia, if present
  • Intervention, which can include pharmacologic therapy

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