Sleep Behaviors in Persons With Alzheimer’s Disease: Associations With Caregiver Sleep and Affect

Molly A. Mather, Holly B. Laws, Jasmine S. Dixon, Rebecca E. Ready*, Anna M. Akerstedt

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Abstract

Poor sleep in persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a common stressor for family caregivers. Retrospective reports support associations between sleep disturbance in persons with AD and worse caregiver mood; however, prospective associations between sleep in persons with AD and caregiver outcomes have not been studied. The current study determined associations between affect and sleep of persons with AD and their caregivers using daily diary data. Multilevel mediation models indicated that sleep in persons with AD is linked to caregiver affect; furthermore, these associations are mediated by sleep characteristics in caregivers and affect in persons with AD. Daily fluctuations in sleep behaviors in persons with AD—rather than average values—were most strongly associated with caregiver outcomes. Interventions to improve sleep in persons with AD may decrease their negative affect and improve caregiver mood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-305
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • emotion
  • quality of life
  • sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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