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Clinical efficacy of sedative music for sleep disturbance in elderly people

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Sleep disturbance has been one of the crucial psychosomatic problems in elderly people. In the light of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), music therapy would be beneficial. Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) has been used for the evaluation. Adequate application of music therapy will bring positive effects for depressive states and reduction of risk falls. Compared to rhythmic-centered music with some percussion or drum instrumental sounds, sedative music may bring the improvement of sleep quality by modulating the activity of sympathetic nervous system from psychophysiological and neuroendocrinological points of view. Further research development for music therapy will be expected.


sleep disturbance, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), music therapy pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI), sedative music