Navigation Links
Sleep Troubles Vary Between Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers
Date:5/3/2008

Their difficulties with slumber are not always connected, researchers say

FRIDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- There's a significant difference in sleep disturbances experienced by Alzheimer's disease patients and the sleep woes of their caregivers, new research shows.

A team from the University of Washington, in Seattle, found that poor sleep in either a patient or caregiver aren't always connected.

The researchers studied 44 older adults, aged 63 to 93, with probable or possible Alzheimer's disease and their adult family caregivers, aged 21 to 87. One week of sleep-wake activity for the patients and caregivers was measured using a wrist-movement recorder.

Total minutes of nighttime sleep, percentage of time spent asleep, number of awakenings, duration of time awake at night, total daytime sleep, and circadian rest-activity variables were among the areas analyzed by the researchers. They also evaluated the participants for mood, physical function, medication use, caregiver behavior management style and patient cognitive status.

Among patients, the most stable aspect of sleep was time of night they went to bed, while the least stable aspect was total hours of sleep per night. For caregivers, the greatest stability was total wake time at night, while the least stable aspect was time in bed.

The study also found there was a sizable number (25 percent to 41 percent) of patient-caregiver duos on any given night where one person slept well while the other slept poorly. In some cases, the poor sleeper was the caregiver.

Instances where both the patient and caregiver slept poorly over seven nights were more likely to involve patients who had a lower level of physical function, more severe dementia, and required more sleep medications.

"Factors that we might expect would explain much of the relationship between patient and caregiver sleep, such as sharing a room at night, were not significant predictors of outcome," study author Susan M. McCurry said in a prepared statement. "Understanding the complex inter-relationship of sleep in Alzheimer's disease patients and caregivers is an important first step towards the development of individualized and effective treatment strategies."

The study is published in the May 1 issue of Sleep.

More information

The Alzheimer's Association tells caregivers how they can take care of themselves.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, May 1, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Napping Habits Tied to Sleep Disorders
2. Elderly More Likely to Battle Sleep Disorders
3. Sleep Apnea Screening Cuts Surgical Complications
4. Nasal Surgery Helps Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms
5. More Americans are Sleeping Thanks to Science
6. Work Conflicts Can Do a Job on Your Sleep
7. U-M study: Work hassles hamper sleep
8. Type of anesthetic will improve sleeping medication, probe mysteries of the snooze
9. Getting a good nights sleep is the biggest problem for women entering the menopause
10. Sleep Disorder Linked to Neurodegenerative Conditions
11. No difference in sleep of OSA patients studied in a hospital vs. a hotel-based sleep center
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Sleep Troubles Vary Between Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers 
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have ... these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as ... Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood ... something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a ... children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm ... 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered ... Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® ... American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to ... and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils ... an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic ... 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical ... the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan ... "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop ... the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: