Greater Night-to-Night Variability in Sleep Discrepancy Among Older Adults with a Sleep Complaint Compared to Noncomplaining Older Adults
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Research in younger adults suggests sleep discrepancy (objective/subjective measurement difference) is a consistent pattern that primarily occurs within individuals with insomnia. To examine whether older adults exhibit a similar pattern, this study compared night-to-night inconsistency in sleep discrepancy between older adults with and without sleep complaints. Older adults (N = 103; mean age = 72.81, SD = 7.12) wore an Actiwatch-L® (24 hr per day) and concurrently completed sleep diaries for 14 days. Sleep discrepancy = diary (sleep onset latency [SOL] or wake [time] after sleep onset [WASO]) − actigraphy (SOL or WASO). Both groups exhibited sleep discrepancy, but complainers exhibited significantly more night-to-night variability. Sleep discrepancy was a variable behavior that was not limited to insomnia, but instead manifested by degree throughout our older sample. Greater attention to variability in sleep research and clinical practice is warranted.
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Behavioral Sleep Medicine, v. 11, issue 2, p. 76-90
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Kay, Daniel B.; Dzierzewski, Joseph M.; Rowe, Meredeth; and McCrae, Christina S., "Greater Night-to-Night Variability in Sleep Discrepancy Among Older Adults with a Sleep Complaint Compared to Noncomplaining Older Adults" (2013). Nursing Faculty Publications. 12.