Challenges in Managing Insomnia in Older People
Do your older patients experience insomnia? Dr Krystal offers general considerations and specific data related to managing insomnia in older adults, including tolerability of treatment options.
Older people often experience insomnia, whether it is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep. These sleep disturbances have a negative impact on quality of life and functioning. This report offers general considerations as well as specific data related to managing insomnia in older adults, including a brief review of treatment options with an emphasis on their tolerability profiles.
From the Series: Current Management Approaches for Insomnia
To cite: Krystal A. Challenges in managing insomnia in older people. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021;82(4):EI20008BR3C.
To share: https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.EI20008BR3C
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Psychiatrists, Primary Care Clinicians, and Neurologists; Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants in psychiatry, primary care, and neurology settings
Provide evidence-based treatment for insomnia in older people
Supported by an educational grant from Eisai Inc.
After completing this educational activity, you should be able to:
- Provide evidence-based treatment for insomnia in older people
Release, Review, and Expiration Dates
This brief report activity was published in June 2021 and is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through June 30, 2023. The latest review of this material was May 2021.
Statement of Need and Purpose
Clinicians are not vigilant enough in documenting patients’ sleep histories. Because insomnia frequently accompanies psychiatric or medical illnesses and has a variety of negative consequences, clinicians must routinely screen patients for sleep-onset or sleep-maintenance insomnia. Therefore, education is needed to address clinicians’ incomplete understanding and assessment of insomnia. In addition, many clinicians are failing to provide recommended treatments for insomnia because they have reservations about the safety and appropriateness of some agents. Lack of understanding about the differences between treatments can prevent them from explaining and providing insomnia treatment options to patients. Education for clinicians about both approved and unapproved treatments is warranted to improve their management of insomnia. This activity was designed to meet the needs of participants in CME activities provided by the CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., who have requested information on insomnia.
Disclosure of Off-Label Usage
Dr Krystal has determined that, to the best of his knowledge, amitriptyline, trimipramine, trazodone, mirtazapine, quetiapine, olanzapine, gabapentin, and pregabalin are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of insomnia.
The faculty members agreed to provide a balanced and evidence-based presentation and discussed the topics and CME objectives during the planning sessions. The faculty’s submitted content was validated by CME Institute staff, and the activity was evaluated for accuracy, use of evidence, and fair balance by the Chair and a peer reviewer who is without conflict of interest.
This activity is derived from the teleconference series “Current Management Approaches for Insomnia,” which was held in June, September, and October 2020 and supported by an educational grant from Eisai Inc. The opinions expressed herein are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CME provider and publisher or the commercial supporter.
Andrew D. Krystal, MD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California San Francisco
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Dr Krystal is a consultant for or receives research support from Adare, Axsome Therapeutics, Big Data, Eisai, Evecxia Therapeutics, Ferring, Galderma, Harmony Biosciences, Idorsia, Janssen, Jazz, Millenium, Merck, Neurocrine Biosciences, Pernix Therapeutics, Otsuka, Sage Therapeutics, and Takeda and has received grant/research support from Janssen, Axsome Therapeutics, Reveal Biosensors, The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, and the National Institutes of Health.
The Chair for this activity, Russell P. Rosenberg, PhD, is a consultant and member of the speakers/advisory boards for Jazz, Eisai, and Harmony BioSciences and has received grant/research support from Jazz, Eisai, and Avadel.
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