NDA Findings 11

SomnIA – Optimising quality of sleep among older people inthe community and care homes: An integrated approach

Sara Arber , University of Surrey

Finding Synopsis

Sleep is central to health and well-being, yet sleep can deteriorate with advancing age. Good sleep is a pre-requisite for older people’s well-being and ability to engage fully in daytime activities, whether living in their own homes or in a care home. Chronic health problems and pain in later life reduce the quality of night-time sleep. Among older people, untreated chronic sleep disturbance degrades their quality of life, inhibits recovery and rehabilitation following illness, and is an independent risk factor for falls.

The aims of the project were to

• To understand the meanings and determinants of poor quality sleep among older people in the community and in care homes – by assessing social, psychological and environmental factors, medication use and health status, and identifying potential solutions.

• To develop a cost-effective approach to non-pharmacological self-management of insomnia among older people with chronic disease.

• To develop and evaluate ‘blue-enriched’ light in improving sleep of older people in the community and in care homes.

• To develop sensor-based products for frail older people at home and in care homes.

• To disseminate web-based, user-friendly, information and advice. 

Sara Arber, University of Surrey
David Armstrong, King’s College London
Ingrid Eyers, University of Surrey/University of Vechta, Germany
Kevin Morgan, Loughborough University
Roger Orpwood, Bath University
Debra J. Skene, University of Surrey


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