Sleep Study: Quality Shut Eye Is a Boon to Aging in Place

According to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health fragmented or interrupted sleep could predict future placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility, just another advantage of getting a good night’s sleep, especially for seniors.

“Sleep disturbances are common in older people,” said Adam Spira, PhD, “Our results show that in community-dwelling older women, more fragmented sleep is associated with a greater risk of being placed in a nursing home or in a personal care home. We found that, compared to women with the least fragmented sleep, those who spent the most time awake after first falling asleep had about 3 times the odds of placement in a nursing home. Individuals with the lowest sleep efficiency—those who spent the smallest proportion of their time in bed actually sleeping—also had about 3 times the odds of nursing home placement.”

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“Sleep Study: Quality Shut Eye Is a Boon to Aging in Place”
July 21, 2012

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