Sleep health and aging: Recommendations for promoting healthy sleep among older adults: A National Sleep Foundation report

Erin Koffel, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Phyllis Zee, Joseph M. Dzierzewski*

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Abstract

Objectives: Sleep is a key health indicator in older adults; however, many older adults may experience less than ideal levels of sleep health. The objective of this report is to summarize the proceedings of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep Health and Aging Conference. Methods: The National Sleep Foundation held a Sleep Health and Aging Conference with sleep scientists and stakeholders in the field of aging. The primary goal of this conference was to identify critical sleep health recommendations for older adults. Results: Essential recommendations aimed at promoting sleep health in older adults focus on light exposure, physical activity, meal timing, environmental conditions, and sleep schedules. Suggestions for promoting sleep health behavior change in older adults include tailored messaging and community support. Conclusions: There are unique challenges and opportunities around promoting sleep health in older adults, efforts toward change should include individual, community, and societal foci.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-824
Number of pages4
JournalSleep Health
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Behavior change
  • Older adults
  • Sleep health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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