Sleep apnea and nocturnal myoclonus in the elderly.

Abstract

Insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and nocturnal wandering, so common in the elderly, are caused largely by two specific pathophysiologic processes. Sleep apnea is a condition where respiration pauses during sleep, leading to arousal. Sleep apnea is due either to obstruction in the throat or failure of the central respiratory center. Periodic movements in sleep… (More)

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