Insomnia as a Problem for the Elderly

  • Mindy Engle-Friedman
  • Richard R. Bootzin
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


The report of sleep problems, particularly insomnia, is frequent among older adults. The careful assessment and treatment of sleep problems for older adults is important not only for their sense of well-being but for their physical health and ability to function during the day. A complete understanding of the insomnia experienced by the older adult requires a working knowledge of the structure of sleep and general overview of sleep characteristics, knowledge of how the sleep of the older adult differs from that of younger individuals, and comprehension of the factors that contribute to insomnia. In this chapter, we will provide a brief overview of sleep, with a focus on changes in sleep as one ages. In addition, we will explore the multiple causes of sleep disturbance and report on current behavioral techniques used in the treatment of insomnia. Finally, we will recommend a progression of steps used in the identification of factors impacting on sleep.


Sleep Apnea Sleep Disturbance Sleep Deprivation Sleep Problem Sleep Onset Latency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mindy Engle-Friedman
    • 1
  • Richard R. Bootzin
    • 2
  1. 1.Baruch CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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