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Insomnia and ageing: Implications for healthcare practice and policy

Ellis, J, Cropley, M and Hampson, S (2001) Insomnia and ageing: Implications for healthcare practice and policy Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 2 (4). pp. 20-32.

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Although ageing itself does not lead to insomnia, changes in sleep architecture (the 'typical' physiological progression from wakefulness to deep sleep) and health status create a vulnerability to the development of insomnia, which can be precipitated by a trigger event. This review highlights some of the problems associated with insomnia in older people and offers insights into the possible approaches to stop insomnia from becoming a 'rite of passage'. The main conclusion from this review however, is that sleep research focusing specifically on the ageing population is badly needed, alongside a unified diagnostic system and research structure (Leger, 2000). These findings are also discussed in relation to both healthcare policy and practice. © Copyright - 2001 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Ellis, J
Hampson, S
Date : 1 December 2001
DOI : 10.1108/14717794200100026
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:03
Last Modified : 04 Dec 2019 15:56

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