Geriatric Sleep Disorder Questions & Answers

Updated: Aug 13, 2019
  • Author: Glen L Xiong, MD; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are geriatric sleep disorders?

How are the stages of sleep classified?

How are the elements of geriatric sleep disorders defined?

What is the pathophysiology of geriatric sleep disorders?

Which primary sleep disorders increase with age?

What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

What is the prevalence and morbidity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in elderly individuals?

What is the prevalence of periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS) in elderly individuals?

What is sundown syndrome?

Which psychiatric disorders are associated with geriatric sleep disorders?

What is the role of medications in the etiology of geriatric sleep disorders?

What causes geriatric sleep disorders?

What is the prevalence of geriatric sleep disorders?

What are the sexual predilections of geriatric sleep disorders?

What is the prognosis of geriatric sleep disorders?

What is included in patient education about geriatric sleep disorders?

Presentation

What is the focus of the clinical history to evaluate geriatric sleep disorders?

What is included in the physical exam for geriatric sleep disorders?

Which factors are assessed in the mental status exam (MSE) to evaluate geriatric sleep disorders?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of geriatric sleep disorders?

What are the differential diagnoses for Geriatric Sleep Disorder?

Workup

How are geriatric sleep disorders diagnosed?

Treatment

How are geriatric sleep disorders treated?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with geriatric sleep disorders?

What are the benefits of computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CCBT-I) in the treatment of geriatric sleep disorders?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of geriatric sleep disorders?

What is the role of medications in the treatment of sundown syndrome?

Which medications in the drug class Orexin Receptor Antagonists are used in the treatment of Geriatric Sleep Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Melatonin Agonists are used in the treatment of Geriatric Sleep Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Antidepressants are used in the treatment of Geriatric Sleep Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Sedative/Hypnotics are used in the treatment of Geriatric Sleep Disorder?