Review: Sedative-hypnotics increase adverse effects more than they improve sleep quality in older persons with insomnia: COMMENTARY

Clarfield, A. Mark
July 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 145 Issue 1, p14
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's views on the sleep disorders in older persons. According to the author, many medical trials used self-reported sleep rather than the more accurate measures available in sleep laboratories. The author states that recent researchers have shown that psychological interventions as stimulus control and sleep restriction offer durable and reliable changes in sleep patterns. Medical personnels should be encouraged to think hard and long before starting medications and to develop benzodiazepine discontinuation protocols.


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