Navigation Links
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

Overnight stays with person with dementia led to daytime tiredness, symptoms of depression

THURSDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who live with and provide direct care during the night for someone with dementia have significantly worse sleep than other older adults, U.S. researchers say.

The study compared 31 caregivers and 102 noncaregivers, ages 60 to 89. Caregivers slept about 33 minutes less per night than non-caregivers and took about 10 minutes longer to fall asleep. Caregivers also had more variable sleep from night-to-night, reported lower sleep quality, more daytime sleepiness, and more symptoms of depression.

"On average, caregivers, only slept about six-and-a-half hours a night and took almost 23 minutes to fall asleep," primary investigator Meredith Rowe, an associate professor at the University of Florida, said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release.

"Using the sleep diary data that subjects kept at the same time, however, depression was the primary determinant of poor sleep, with depressed subjects reporting less time asleep and more wake time over the week," she said.

Rowe and colleagues were surprised by the finding that caregivers took a longer time to fall asleep, which is consistent with the increased worry and concern that may burden them.

The researchers said they expected the caregivers' main cause of sleep loss to be more time awake during the night when the person with dementia required supervision. However, both caregivers and non-caregivers had an average of more than 40 minutes of time awake during the night after initially falling asleep.

The study was published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

More information

The Family Caregiver Alliance has more about caregiver health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, Aug. 15, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Allscripts Files Definitive Proxy Statement and Announces Date for Annual Meeting of Stockholders
2. Meals or Meds? BenefitsCheckUp Helps Older People Struggling with Food Costs
3. Meals or Meds? BenefitsCheckUp Helps Older People Struggling with Food Costs
4. U. of Chicago study: More than 10 percent of older Americans suffer mistreatment
5. Older Patients Less Likely to Be Taken to Trauma Centers
6. Older Adults Reluctant to Question Surgical Treatment
7. Study shows that older adult caregivers of people with dementia have worse sleep than noncaregivers
8. HRT Drug Boosts Stroke Risk in Older Women
9. Older Patients With Cancer at Heightened Suicide Risk
10. U.S. Preventive Medicine Supports Testing Older Men for Prostate Cancer
11. KLRI Receives Grant From NIH to Study Stress Resilience in Older Adults
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... Ashburn, VA (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 ... ... Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. As a franchise owner, Somu now offers ... range of cruise, destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as, cabin ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 26, 2015 , ... WorldCare International, Inc., the first company ... Employee Benefits Conference. The Employee Benefits Conference was hosted by the International Foundation ... 11th, 2015. The conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Additional breast cancers ... on mammography, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers ... mammography may necessitate a change in treatment. , Breast MRI is the most ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Medical ... once again for its stellar workplace culture with the company’s Cincinnati office being ... Medical Solutions’ Cincinnati office was named a finalist in Cincinnati Business Courier’s 13th ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 10, 2015, Bohrer Brady, ... of Connecticut on behalf of a home health care worker who provided companionship services ... home health care workers employed by Humana, Inc., Humana at Home, Inc., and SeniorBridge ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach ... by Grand View Research Inc. Rising prevalence of chronic diseases ... is expected to boost the market growth, as 3D bioprinting ... --> 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach ... by Grand View Research Inc. Rising prevalence of chronic diseases ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... Abuse Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment ... to their offering. --> ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ... Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... offering. --> ) has ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: