The effects of chronic insomnia can be treated taking the following measures:
Sleep apnea are episodes during which the person stops breathing for a short time while sleeping. The fact of snoring is usually a hint about this disorder which is frequently not noticed by the person affected by it.
Sleep apnea does affect more men than women, and elderly and/or obese people. It causes sleepiness during daytime, especially during automatic actions, such as driving.
If you suspect that an elderly person may be suffering from sleep apnea, you should forward him/her to a neurologist specialised in sleep disorders. The practitioner will perform a study to establish whether it is necessary or not to use a CPAP device (mask connected to a ventilator) in order to make sure that he/she will have a comforting and healthy sleep at night.