Chapter 5. Sleep Disorders in the Elderly: the Pros and Cons of Prescribing

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine3,
  2. Paul Jansen4 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni5
  1. R. Doug McEvoy1 and
  2. Karin S. Nyfort-Hansen2

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch5

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

McEvoy, R. D. and Nyfort-Hansen, K. S. (2009) Sleep Disorders in the Elderly: the Pros and Cons of Prescribing, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 5

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

  2. 2

    Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975

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Keywords:

  • sleep disorders in elderly - pros and cons of prescribing;
  • insomnia - difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or having non-restorative sleep;
  • non-benzodiazepine hypnotics;
  • withdrawal of hypnotics in long-term users;
  • restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movements of sleep;
  • nocturnal leg cramps;
  • REM behaviour disorder

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Insomnia

  • Restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movements of sleep

  • Nocturnal leg cramps

  • REM behaviour disorder

  • References