Older adults and sleep: The relationship between beliefs, attitudes and behaviours

Jason Ellis, Sarah Hampson, Mark Cropley

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Abstract

Purpose: Recent research suggests the development of a campaign to highlight dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes to sleep, as well as sleep disrupting behaviours, in the general population, in order to promote good sleep practices. Implicit in this approach are two main assumptions. Primarily, that positive attitudes and beliefs to sleep are related to positive sleep practices, and secondly, that poor sleep hygiene (the measure of sleep disrupting behaviours)is associated with the development of sleep disorders. Methods: These assumptions were tested using a sample of older adults who responded to an advertisement in a periodical marketed at the older generation. The 382 participants completed the Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes to Sleep Scale (DBAS) as well as questions on sleep hygiene practices and present sleep patterns. Results: A positive correlation between DBAS score and poor sleep hygiene was found for selfidentified insomniacs (r=0.246; n=262; p
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2001
EventJoint Conference between the Division of Health Psychology and the European Health Psychology Society - St Andrews
Duration: 1 Sep 2001 → …

Conference

ConferenceJoint Conference between the Division of Health Psychology and the European Health Psychology Society
Period1/09/01 → …

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