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Sleep Disorders Part 3: The Elderly

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2017

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Although sleep disorders can affect anyone at any age, older adults and elderly patients suffer from chronic sleep deprivation at higher rates than any other age. There are many factors that can affect an older adult’s quality of sleep, but the primary cause is that it becomes more difficult to maintain sleep as a person ages. Understanding the function of the body’s internal clock is key to recognizing sleep disorders in older patients and offering effective treatment strategies.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify recommended sleep length for elderly patients.
  • Describe the relationship between age and circadian rhythms.
  • Explain how cognitive disorders may impact sleep in elderly patients.
  • Identify how medications may impact sleep quality and quantity.

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Normal Sleep Patterns

1.   NREM

2.   REM

III.         Common Sleep Disorders

1.   Breathing Disorders

2.   Insomnia

3.   Circadian Rhythm Disorders

4.   Limb Disorders

5.   Hypersomnias

IV.          Nighttime Sleep Behaviors

1.   Sleepwalking

2.   Bruxism

3.   REM Behavior Disorder

V.            Sleep Disorders Secondary To Illness/Injury

1.   Age-specific Contributors

2.   Cognitive Disorders

VI.          Chronic Disease And Sleep Disorders

1.   Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

2.   Heart Failure

3.   Depression

4.   Neurological Conditions

5.   Inactivity

6.   Pain

7.   Nocturia

8.   Menopause

VII.       Treatment Of Sleep Disorders

1.   Behavior Modification

2.   CPAP and BiPAP

3.   Medication

4.   Surgical Treatment

VIII.     Summary

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