My Grandmother Falls Asleep Watching TV. Is She Depressed?

Candace Meinen, Bhanu Prakash Kolla, Meghna P. Mansukhani

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Advanced sleep-wake phase disorder (ASWPD) is mainly seen in the elderly population with an estimated prevalence of 1-7%. Aging appears to impact the sleep-wake cycle. The elderly also appears to have reduced light exposure. This condition usually presents with excessive sleepiness in the evenings and insomnia in the early morning hours. Depression as a cause for early morning awakening should be ruled out. Treatment can include prescribed sleep-wake schedules, exercise, melatonin taken in the morning, and bright light exposure in the evening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComorbid Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Casebook
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030117726
ISBN (Print)9783030117719
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Advance sleep-wake phase disorder
  • Depression
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Hypersomnia
  • Hypersomnolence
  • Insomnia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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