Study Reports Poor Sleep Common in Assisted Living Facility Residents
Many residents of assisted living facilities (ALFs) experience poor sleep, which appears to correlate with lower quality of life, difficulty in daily functioning, and increased depression, according to research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Jennifer L. Martin, Ph.D., of the University of California at Los Angeles, and colleagues conducted a prospective, observational cohort study with six months’ follow-up of 121 residents of 18 ALFs in the Los Angeles area.
The researchers found that 65 percent of the subjects experienced clinically significant sleep disturbances. Self-reported sleep disturbances at baseline were associated with worse health-related quality of life scores. There was also an association between worse nighttime sleep at baseline and worse functioning in daily living activities and increased depressive symptoms over six months’ follow-up.