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Study, Nov./16: " The association between benzodiazepine use & sleep quality..."


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The full title of this Australian/Swedish study is "The association between benzodiazepine use and sleep quality in residential aged care facilities: a cross-sectional study".


"CONCLUSIONS:  The association between benzodiazepine use and sleep quality is dependent on the half-life and prescribing pattern of the benzodiazepine. Short-acting PRN benzodiazepines were associated with lower night time sleep quality and longer day-time napping compared to long-acting regular benzodiazepines. Longitudinal studies are needed to determine whether these findings reflect channeling of short-acting agents to residents at higher risk of sleep disorders."




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