Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Normal aging is associated with a number of subjective and objective
alterations in sleep quality,1,2
as well as with a variety of changes in endocrine-metabolic functions.3 To date, a precise definition of the chronology of
age-related changes in sleep patterns and their possible temporal relationships
with changes in neuroendocrine function has yet to be elucidated in healthy
men or women. Moreover, the possible clinical and functional significance
of such sleep-endocrine changes in the elderly are of great medical and societal
interest, even though incompletely understood.
Blackman MR. Age-Related Alterations in Sleep Quality and Neuroendocrine FunctionInterrelationships and Implications. JAMA. 2000;284(7):879-881. doi:10.1001/jama.284.7.879