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Correlates of daytime sleepiness in 4578 elderly persons: the Cardiovascular Health Study.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Sleep
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
1
Pages
27–36
Identifiers
PMID: 9485530
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Daytime sleepiness is common in the elderly, probably due to nocturnal disturbances such as frequent awakenings and snoring. The occasional use of sleeping pills for insomnia is associated with reduced daytime sleepiness in the elderly, while the use of medications for congestive heart failure is associated with daytime sleepiness. Surprisingly, anatomic abnormalities such as evidence of previous strokes and brain atrophy (as seen on brain MRI scans) were not associated with daytime sleepiness in these non-institutionalized elderly persons.

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