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Sleep, circadian rhythms and memory processes in the elderly
Author/s: Carlo Cipolli, Giovanni Tuozzi 
Year:  2012 Issue: 2-3 Language: Italian 
Pages:  17 Pg. 369-385 FullText PDF:  474 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIP2012-002015
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Aging is characterized by several changes in the sleep quality and architecture. The main changes are a measurable decrease in the ability to initiate and maintain sleep, a decrease in the proportion of the deeper, more restorative slow-wave sleep and REM sleep, an increased diurnal sleepiness and an altered circadian cycle of wake-sleep. These changes per se, or in association with specific sleep disorders, are often accompanied by impairments in cognitive functions, overall declarative and non-declarative memory. Some strategies based on behavioural techniques have proved to be fairly effective - per se or in association with chrono-, photo- or pharmacological therapies- to maintain or recover the sleep organization and the circadian rhythm of wake-sleep and, in turn, the cognitive functioning in home- and (overall) community-dwelling elderly.
Keywords: Sleep, circadian rhythms, declarative and non-declarative memory, sleep hygiene.

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Carlo Cipolli, Giovanni Tuozzi, Sleep, circadian rhythms and memory processes in the elderly in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 2-3/2012, pp. 369-385, DOI:10.3280/RIP2012-002015


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