Sleep in Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatients

  • Kim A. Hardin
  • Zachary C. Ryder


A majority of the geriatric population experiences some type of chronic sleep problem, which can lead to persistent sleep loss and negatively impact cognitive and physiological functioning. Recognition of factors that both promote and impair sleep is particularly important in hospitalized geriatric patients with psychiatric illnesses. This chapter reviews the changes that occur in sleep with aging and the environmental and intrinsic factors that can affect sleep. This chapter also addresses sleep disorders which impact psychiatric functioning and offers suggestions for therapeutic interventions.


Sleep deprivation Delirium Primary sleep disorders Hospitalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim A. Hardin
    • 1
  • Zachary C. Ryder
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep MedicineUniversity of California, DavisSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Texas A&M University Health Science Center, College of MedicineTempleUSA

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