Sleep disorders (including insomnia) occur commonly in older adults. Sleep quality can be affected by these factors as well as comorbid conditions such as pain. Daytime somnolence (sleepiness) can occur in addition to confounding factors such as slowed thinking and responses due to sleep debt which can cause a fall. Addressing falls requires a complex approach including the management of comorbid conditions that can affect sleep and cognition. By evaluating this, we can prevent deleterious consequences associated with a fall.
CONTRIBUTOR INFO: Jessica Zwerling, MD, MS Professor of Neurology Albert Einstein College of Medicine Director, Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Montefiore Medical Center