Sleep Disturbances in Late Life

  • Charles M. Morin
  • France C. Blais
  • Véronique Mimeault
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Sleep disturbance is a prevalent problem in late life, affecting healthy seniors as well as medically ill and cognitively impaired individuals. In addition to normal age-related changes in sleep patterns, the increased incidence of health problems and medication use, combined with some inevitable stressful life events, place the older adult at increased risk for sleep disturbances. These problems can take many forms, including sleeping difficulties at night, excessive or undesired sleepiness during the day, and disruptive behaviors occurring during the sleep period (e.g., nocturnal wandering). Although not all changes in sleep patterns are noticeable or produce distress, severe and persistent sleep disturbances are associated with impaired daytime functioning, increased health care costs, and poorer quality of life for the affected individuals and their families.


Sleep Disturbance Sleep Disorder Sleep Pattern Sleep Efficiency Late Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles M. Morin
    • 1
  • France C. Blais
    • 1
  • Véronique Mimeault
    • 1
  1. 1.École de PsychologieUniversité LavalCité UniversitaireCanada

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