Sleeping well is associated with positive health outcomes, less daytime sleepiness, and a greater sense of well-being and psychological functioning. While we know that people who have pain don’t sleep well, the sources of pain that predict poor sleep in older adults has not been previously studied.
This study found that in residential long-term care, having dementia, being male, and having respiratory distress or urinary retention were all associated with worse nighttime sleep. Comprehensive pain and sleep assessments need to be done so that treatments can be initiated that will promote sleep quality. The manuscript of this study is currently under review.