Conflict of Interest Statement
Sleep Disturbance in Family Caregivers of Individuals With Dementia: A Review of the Literature
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 2, pages 135–146, April 2013
How to Cite
Peng, H.-L. and Chang, Y.-P. (2013), Sleep Disturbance in Family Caregivers of Individuals With Dementia: A Review of the Literature. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 135–146. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12005
Authors have no conflict of interest.
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 23 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 FEB 2012
- family caregiver;
- sleep disturbance
This paper will review published evidence regarding health outcomes and factors associated with caregivers' sleep disturbance.
Design and Methods
Searches were conducted on CINAHL, MEDLINE, PubMed, and PsycINFO using various keywords.
We evaluated 138 abstracts and reviewed 18 articles. Depression is the most reported factor influencing caregivers' sleep. Additional factors are caregivers' psychological distress, demographic, and care recipients' characteristics. Health outcomes of sleep disturbance include poor mental and physical health, reduced quality of life, and elevated coagulation and inflammation levels.
Clinicians should screen caregivers' sleep quality so they can assist them with suggestions on maintaining their health while performing caregiving tasks.