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The Rhythm of the Unit Is the Pace of Life: A Study of Everyday Activities and Sleep in Swedish Residential Care

Hellström, Amanda LU ; Condelius, Anna LU ; Willman, Ania LU and Fagerström, Cecilia LU (2015) In Open Journal of Nursing 5. p.697-706
Abstract
Social and physical activities can improve sleep in older people. However, living in a residential care facility has been associated with a limited potential for activities and increased inactivity, reflected in poor sleep among residents. In turn, poor sleep can impair physical and mental functions.

This paper explores sleep habits and everyday activities at three residential care facilities

and investigates the link between sleep habits and everyday activities from the perspective of the

residents. Data were collected through observations of daily life and interviews with residents.

The results showed that fixed times during the day reduced daytime sleep and motivated them to

go to the day... (More)
Social and physical activities can improve sleep in older people. However, living in a residential care facility has been associated with a limited potential for activities and increased inactivity, reflected in poor sleep among residents. In turn, poor sleep can impair physical and mental functions.

This paper explores sleep habits and everyday activities at three residential care facilities

and investigates the link between sleep habits and everyday activities from the perspective of the

residents. Data were collected through observations of daily life and interviews with residents.

The results showed that fixed times during the day reduced daytime sleep and motivated them to

go to the day room, thus enabling social interaction. More impaired residents spent more time in

the day room napping or being less active. The residents stated that going outdoors was a desired

activity, thought to improve sleep. However, the activity did not occur to the extent the residents

wished for. Maintaining mobility and influence over daily activities together with regularity seemed

to improve sleep. Awareness among staff of the need for stimulating and enriching activities, as

well as access to bright light is requisite. Specific consideration should be given to residents who

have difficulties communicating their wishes and/or impaired mobility. (Less)
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10.4236/ojn.2015.58073
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  abstract     = {Social and physical activities can improve sleep in older people. However, living in a residential care facility has been associated with a limited potential for activities and increased inactivity, reflected in poor sleep among residents. In turn, poor sleep can impair physical and mental functions.<br/><br>
This paper explores sleep habits and everyday activities at three residential care facilities<br/><br>
and investigates the link between sleep habits and everyday activities from the perspective of the<br/><br>
residents. Data were collected through observations of daily life and interviews with residents.<br/><br>
The results showed that fixed times during the day reduced daytime sleep and motivated them to<br/><br>
go to the day room, thus enabling social interaction. More impaired residents spent more time in<br/><br>
the day room napping or being less active. The residents stated that going outdoors was a desired<br/><br>
activity, thought to improve sleep. However, the activity did not occur to the extent the residents<br/><br>
wished for. Maintaining mobility and influence over daily activities together with regularity seemed<br/><br>
to improve sleep. Awareness among staff of the need for stimulating and enriching activities, as<br/><br>
well as access to bright light is requisite. Specific consideration should be given to residents who<br/><br>
have difficulties communicating their wishes and/or impaired mobility.},
  author       = {Hellström, Amanda and Condelius, Anna and Willman, Ania and Fagerström, Cecilia},
  issn         = {2162-5336},
  keyword      = {Everyday Activities,Older People,Residential Care Facility,Sleep},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {697--706},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0xbc3b228)},
  series       = {Open Journal of Nursing},
  title        = {The Rhythm of the Unit Is the Pace of Life: A Study of Everyday Activities and Sleep in Swedish Residential Care},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojn.2015.58073},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2015},
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