Consequences of Insomnia in Later Life : The impact of sleep disturbances on functioning in older adults
Maliackal Varghese, Lindo (2014)
Maliackal Varghese, Lindo
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This thesis explores the consequences of insomnia as a sleep disorder in later life with the aim of collecting available information on the topic. The three research questions that guided the objective of the study sought to examine how elderly people experience sleep, insomnia and its consequences as well as what nursing intervention tools could assist in insomnia management to improve the quality of life of elderly. Sleep disturbances effect daytime routines and functioning of older adults thereby impacting on their quality of life. Poor sleep hygiene has been mentioned as one the main contributing factor for sleep disorders. Behavior therapy has been considered as effective and recommended on its own or in combination with pharmacology. The trans-theoretical model (TTM) theory as a health promotion approach used in this study focuses on intentional change to acquiring a positive behavior. Qualitative literature review methodology was used to analyze 13 scientific articles through the inductive content analysis process to produce results. The findings of this research agree with the previous studies and the theoretical frame. Cognitive malfunctioning, social dysfunction, associated medical comorbidities as well as in-creased economic burden have been outlined as some of insomnia consequences. Nurses role in timely assessment, diagnosis and treatment is termed as crucial. Thus the need for Insomnia management resources, proper communication structures, team work, and education.