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Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine Interventions for Sleep Disorders in Older Adults 

Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine Interventions for Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
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Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine Interventions for Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
Author(s):

Taya Varteresian

and Helen Lavretsky

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0026
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date: 01 April 2020

Sleep disorders are associated with increased morbidity and require careful evaluation and treatment in older adults. Many of the pharmacological approaches to insomnia can cause intolerable side effects for older adults. Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine (CAIM) has a growing body of research in treating mental disorders, including insomnia, in older adults. A careful discussion of the evidence-based CAIM interventions is included in this chapter with consideration of side effects. The commonly utilized CAIM therapies include herbal and natural remedies such as melatonin, valerian root, magnesium, chamomile, hops, aromatherapy with lavender essential oils, as well as such mind-body interventions as yoga, tai chi, and music therapy. This is only a short list of interventions with some existing evidence, but there is also a paucity of rigorous large-scale studies for this diverse group of interventions in older adults.

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