SomnIA is a four year project which addresses practice and policy relevant issues arising from the nature, impact and management of the sleep-wake balance in later life. It will extend and 'join up' strategically targeted areas of sleep research relevant to understanding and improving autonomy, active ageing, and quality of later life.
- Prof Sara Arber, University of Surrey (Principal Investigator)
- Prof Roger Orpwood, University of Bath
- Prof Debra Skene, University of Surrey
- Dr Ingrid Eyers, University of Surrey/ Vechta University, Germany
- Prof Kevin Morgan, University of Loughborough
- Prof David Armstrong, Kings College London
Barrett, University of Surrey
Bruce Carey-Smith, University of Bath
Cope, University of Surrey/ St. Peter’s Hospital, Surrey
- Dr Beverley
David, Loughborough University
Alex Dregan, University of Surrey/ King’s College London
Evans, University of Bath
Gregory, Loughborough University
Samantha Hopkins, University of Surrey
Rebekah Luff, University of Surrey
Robert Meadows, University of Surrey
Benita Middleton, University of Surrey
- Dr Susan
Venn, University of Surrey
Ellmers, University of Surrey
Gascoigne, Loughborough University
Lederle, University of Surrey
Morgan, University of Surrey
University of Oxford: Sue Ziebland
Health Care NHS Trust: Dr Maureen Tomeny
Lighting: Dr Luc Schlangen
& Residents Association: Dr Gillian Dalley, Pat Duff OBE
Colin Espie, University of Glasgow
Gillian Crosby, Centre for Policy in Ageing
Chris Hanning, University of Leicester
Mike Nolan, University of Sheffield
John Shneerson, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
Christina Victor, Brunel University
Luci Wiggs, Oxford Brookes University
Bob Woods, University of Wales
Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG)
Sociology Dept, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH
Tel: 01483 689292
The SomnIA interdisciplinary team comprises partners from six disciplines and four institutions - sociology (Sara Arber/Rebekah Luff/Susan Venn, Surrey), psychology (Kevin Morgan, Loughborough), neuroendocrinology (Debra Skene/Benita Middleton, Surrey), engineering (Roger Orpwood, Bath), nursing (Ingrid Eyers, Surrey) and medicine (David Armstrong, Kings College London), together with consultants in health economics (Heather Gage), medical statistics (Peter Williams) and clinical psychology (Maureen Tomeny).
SomnIA is working closely with five project partners: Philips Lighting, North Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Healthtalkonline (University of Oxford), The Relatives and Residents Association, and AgeUK. These project partners are providing detailed advice, access to research settings and products, and assisting the dissemination of results.
Good sleep in later life reduces risk of falls and depression, is essential for maintaining activity and performance levels, and reduces challenging behaviour encountered in dementia sufferers. SomnIA aims to characterise and improve the sleep of older people both living in the community and in care homes, and thereby improve quality of life and functioning, and reduce use of sleep medication. This will be achieved through the following four sets of objectives to:
Understand the meanings and determinants of poor quality sleep among older people in community and residential settings (WP1, WP2, WP3).
Develop and evaluate Expert Patient supported self-management of older people with sleep problems in general practice (WP4).
Develop effective novel non-pharmacological treatment options for sleep problems. Evaluate ‘blue-enriched’ light in improving sleep of older people in the community and care homes (WP5, WP6), and develop and evaluate sensor-based products for use by frail older people at home and in care homes (WP7).
Develop a module on ‘sleep problems’ for the Healthtalkonline website and a user-friendly information website for older people with sleep problems (WP8).
1. Key policy and/or practice implications of the
research will focus primarily on reducing use
of sleeping medication among older people through the development and
evaluation of non-pharmacological ways of improving sleep. These are likely to
examples of best self-help practice for older people with sleeping problems
living in the community.
about light exposure and activities for older people.
for changing routines in care homes to facilitate improved sleep, including
recommendations about daily routine of residents, activities of residents,
night-time routines of care staff, and noise levels.
for increasing illumination levels in care homes (both natural and artificial),
and designing care homes to maximise natural light exposure.
advice to older people and to health care professionals about the importance of
sleep and ways of optimising quality sleep, including through the sleep module
on the Healthtalkonline website.
2. Product development opportunities include:
- Philips (a non-academic partner) and other
Lighting companies will be encouraged to design lights specifically
tailored to older people (optimising lighting both in terms of intensity
and spectral composition).
- Development of innovative sensor products (e.g.
automatic lighting relating to an older person’s behaviour and behaviour
monitoring) will provide manufacturers with an opportunity to manufacture
products to facilitate sleep (and minimise night-time disturbance) for
older people in care homes and the community.
non-academic user groups that will be targeted:
in care homes, their relatives and friends
proprietors and companies; care home managers and staff
architects and interior designers
housing for older people
and other organisations representing older people, both living in the community
and in care homes
professionals : Primary Care Trusts, nurses, health and social care staff
and trainers of health and social care professionals
other equipment manufacturers