Sleep disordered breathing and asthma are two of the least dangerous lung conditions that elderly people can have.
Sleep disorders in the elderly involve any disrupted sleep pattern, such as problems falling or staying asleep, too much sleep, or abnormal behaviors with sleep.
The health care provider will take a history and perform a physical exam to look for medical causes and determine which type of sleep disorder is causing the problem. Relieving chronic pain and controlling medical conditions such as frequent urination may improve sleep in some people.
Sleeping in a quiet place and drinking a glass of warm milk before bed may improve the symptoms. If you need sleeping pills, Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, and Rozerem can be safe when used properly.
It is best to NOT take sleeping pills several days in a row or for more than 2 - 4 days a week.

WARNING: The FDA has asked manufacturers of certain sleep medicines to put stronger warning labels on their products so that consumers are more aware of the potential risks. Back to TopWhen to Contact a Medical Professional Call for an appointment with your health care provider if a lack of sleep or too much sleep is interfering with daily living.
Avoiding as many causes of sleep disruption as possible and getting regular exercise may help control sleep problems.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Sleep disordered breathing is a type of obstructive sleep apnea, but has been found to commonly go hand-in-hand with more serious conditions such as heart failure, COPD, diabetes or cerebrovascular disease. They can lead to dependence and can make sleep problems worse over time if you don't use them correctly. Possible risks while taking such medicines include severe allergic reactions and dangerous sleep-related behaviors, including sleep-driving.

Blaivas, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-NJMS, Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ.
A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. For sleep apnea alone, the treatment is a cPAP machine that delivers a steady supply of oxygen while the patient is sleeping. Your health care provider should assess your risks of daytime sleepiness, mental (cognitive) side effects, and falls before you begin taking sleep medications. All Rights Reserved.Privacy Policy Terms of Service Ad Choices Video Home New sleep apnea treatment The first ever FDA-approved implant for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea is now available.

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