Interaction of sleep disturbances and anxiety in later life: Perspectives and recommendations for future research

Adam P. Spira, Leah Friedman, Alistair Flint, Javaid Sheikh

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Both sleep disturbances and anxiety are quite common in older adults. Although increasing research efforts have investigated sleep disturbances and anxiety in older adults, little has been written concerning the relation between sleep disturbances and anxiety in this population. This article reviews the epidemiological and clinical literature concerning the overall prevalence of sleep disturbances and relations between sleep and anxiety in later life. The article begins with a discussion of the prevalence of sleep and anxiety problems in older individuals, continues with a clinical review of the complex interrelationship between sleep and anxiety in older adults, and briefly considers possible neurobiological underpinnings of this interrelationship. This is followed by a brief discussion of the impact of medical illness on both anxiety and sleep disturbances. The article ends with a summary of findings from this review and provides recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Anxiety
  • Elderly
  • Insomnia
  • Older adults
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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