Assisted-living Sleep May Not Be Sound

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) — U.S. researchers suggest 65 percent of those in assisted-living residences may be sleeping poorly.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is based on sleep habits of 121 older people in the Los Angeles area living in facilities providing intermediary help between living independently and full nursing home care.

The most commonly reported factors contributing to “trouble sleeping” included waking up in the middle of the night or early morning — 60.3 percent — and the inability to fall asleep within 30 minutes

Sleeping poorly was associated with depression and a lower quality of life including increased need of help to do activities of daily living such as dressing, the study says.

The researchers say sleeping poorly at the initial visit predicted a worsening of depression symptoms and quality of life three to six months later.

“Our study has shown that sleep disturbance may result in negative consequences among this vulnerable group of older people,” lead study author Jennifer Martin of the University of California, Los Angeles, says in a statement.

Martin suggests there are established, effective treatments to improve sleep that could be adapted to assisted living facilities.

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