Eighty-one men and women, ages 61-81, with persistent complaints of sleep disturbance, who volunteered for a double-blind study of experimental hypnotic medication, were assessed using the Zung self-rating anxiety and depression scales. Levels of depression (x̄ = 48.6, SD = 9.1) in our group were no higher than levels previously reported for the normal aged, a finding inconsistent with reports of higher depression in younger and middle-aged populations with sleep disturbance. Levels of anxiety (x̄ = 45.3, SD = 7.5) were significantly elevated with respect to normative values for the aged. The possible relationship of heightened autonomic nervous system activity to complaints of sleep disturbance is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical and Experimental Gerontology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1982|
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