HEALTHIER AGING: Putting older patients' sleep concerns to rest
Lois Gerber RN, BSN, MPH

April 2009 
Volume 39  Number 4
Pages 60 - 61
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Gerber, Lois RN, BSN, MPH

Issue: Volume 39(4), April 2009, p 60–61 Publication Type: [Department: …&more: HEALTHIER AGING] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Lois Gerber is a volunteer nurse at a school for pregnant or parenting teens and is a guardian ad litem for the state of Florida. Caring for older adults

SLEEP, OFTEN TAKEN for granted by the young, restores physical and psychological reserves. It's critical to health, with most people needing 8 hours a night. Yet about half of adults are challenged by insomnia and many by daytime fatigue. 1,2

The likelihood of a sleep disorder increases with age. 3 Problems include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and frequent nighttime or early morning awakenings. 1 In this article I'll discuss assessment pointers and helpful tips you can offer restless patients.

Insufficient sleep is associated with higher mortality rates and can contribute to immune system disorders and cardiac ...

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