Daily activities help older people get better sleep.
April 1, 2010-a new study shows that maintaining regular daily activities can reduce insomnia and improve the quality of sleep for older people living in retirement communities.
Dr Ana Zisberg, a researcher at the university of Haifa in Israel, said basic activities such as eating, dressing and bathing at the same time each day could improve sleep quality.
Regular activities with less frequent activity, such as shopping or seeing a doctor, have a lower quality of sleep.
So, in order to get better sleep, she suggests, it’s important to keep your daily routine.
Zisberg said in a press release, “we predict that the conventional pattern of activity and there will be a relationship between sleep quality and sleep because of the theory model and other activities are related to daily life and can be synchronized. “However, given the widely accepted view that light is the primary synchronizer for the human sleep-wake cycle, we are surprised that our findings are so powerful.”
Routines help sleep quality.
The study in August 2007 to September 2008, involving 96 russian-speaking elderly, living in two retirement community, each apartment is equipped with an independent unit, including a small kitchen, can set meal time.
The age ranges from 58 to 89, with 72 percent of women, 82 percent of whom live alone. Seventy-five percent reported physical or physical health, and some participants used sleep AIDS.
What the participants do every day is decided by the trained interviewers, who interviews three times every two weeks. Eighty-nine of the 96 participants completed the interview and were included in the final analysis.
The researchers found that those who followed the routine:
Spend less time falling asleep.
Have better sleep quality.
, the researchers said the change of the body’s biological clock is a natural part of aging, may be sleep quality decline in the elderly the culprit, but the development of daily life may be offset this.
The results were published in the April issue of the journal sleep.