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Sleep Disturbance in Family Caregivers of Individuals With Dementia: A Review of the Literature

Authors

  • Hsi-Ling Peng PhD(c), RN,

    research assistant
    1. School of Nursing, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
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  • Yu-Ping Chang PhD, RN

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding author
    • School of Nursing, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • Authors have no conflict of interest.

Author contact:

yc73@buffalo.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Findings

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.

Practice Implications

Clinicians should screen caregivers' sleep quality so they can assist them with suggestions on maintaining their health while performing caregiving tasks.

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