When older adults sleep poorly, medical illnesses, or treatments for
those illnesses, likely are at fault, not age per se, sleep
specialists say. Sleep disorders may exacerbate medical illnesses or complicate
their treatment .
Progress in sleep and aging research in the past 5 years has yielded
some effective interventions that benefit both sleep and overall health, according
to speakers at a congress on sleep, health, and aging held in Washington,
DC, this spring. Presented by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in cooperation
with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and a host of other agencies and
medical groups, the conference aimed to bridge the gap between science and
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