The physical, psychological and functional disorders common among the elderly may influence sleep quality. Previous literature has not comprehensively addressed methods for measuring sleep quality among elderly people. The purpose of this article is to introduce instruments for measuring sleep quality in elders that can be used by medical staff for assessing patients and to design research on the elderly. Apart from aging itself, factors related to quality of sleep in the elderly may include demographic data, physical and mental conditions, lifestyles, and surroundings. In this context, we present both objective and subjective tools for measuring sleep. Subjective measuring instruments include sleep diaries, visual analogue scales, the Verran and Snyder-Halpern sleep scales, the Epworth sleepiness scale and the Pittsburgh sleep quality index; objective measuring instruments include polysomnography and actigraphy. Wider familiarity with instruments for measuring sleep can help medical professionals assess and diagnose patients, evaluate the style of sleep, and provide direction for clinical intervention aimed at managing the quality of sleep in the elderly.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Measurement for Sleep Quality in the Elderly
|Number of pages
|Published - 2009