Independent Occupational Therapist
'British Journal of Mental Health Nursing'
July/August Vol 6 No 4 p 161-164
Patients and practitioners can suffer from sleep disturbances. When problems persist, they can affect a person physically and psychologically. Often, by addressing lifestyle and sleeping habits, sleep problems can be alleviated.
Sleep is a natural state of inactivity resulting from the closing down of bodily systems, aided by the production of hormones. There are considerable variables in sleep patterns and individual requirements. Insomnia covers a variety of sleep problems, each needing a different approach. This article describes the process of sleep and the causes of insomnia; and outlines treatments to help improve the quality of sleep particularly in older people.
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