New Study Links Poor Sleep in Assisted Living Facilities With a Decline in Overall Health

A new study has shown that assisted living residents often suffer from poor sleep. This has been connecting to a worsening in condition associated with a poorer quality of life for these seniors.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, looked at the sleeping habits of 121 seniors in assisted living facilities in the L.A. area. After an initial visit to determine sleep quality, researchers conducted follow-up visits at three and six months. They found that about 65% of participants had ‚Äúsignificant sleep disturbance‚ÄĚ as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. The seniors were suffering from sleep issues including, waking up in the middle of the night, taking over 30 minutes to fall asleep, and waking up earlier than desired.

Those residents who suffered from poor sleep were associated with increased need for assistance with activities of daily living and greater instances of depression. At the three- and six-month follow-up visits, these symptoms among the problem sleepers were worse, according to the report. Researchers suggest further studies should be conducted to see if improving quality of sleep could slow functional decline in assisted living facilities. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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