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Int J Public Health. 2015 Sep;60(6):643-50. doi: 10.1007/s00038-015-0682-y. Epub 2015 May 15.

How well does Europe sleep? A cross-national study of sleep problems in European older adults.

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HeDeRa (Health and Demographic Research), Department of Sociology, Ghent University, Korte Meer 5, 9000, Ghent, Belgium, Vera.vandeStraat@UGent.be.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

In this study, we aim to provide insight into the socio-demographic, family-related and socio-economic determinants of sleep problems in European older adults.

METHODS:

Data from the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (2011/2012) were used to perform multilevel logistic regression analyses on whether one has been bothered by sleep problems for at least 6 months. The final sample consisted of 54,722 respondents aged 50 and older from 16 countries.

RESULTS:

Prevalence rates varied from 16.6% in Denmark and Italy to 31.2% in Poland. The odds ratio of 2.014 confirmed a higher likelihood of sleep problems in women. People aged 60-69 (OR 0.898) reported less sleep problems than people between 50 and 59 years old. Finally, marriage compared to divorce and widowhood and having a higher socio-economic status were associated with less sleep problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study confirms sleep problems to be quite prevalent in the European older population. Increased awareness of the importance of sleep for health is needed, as well as further cross-national comparative research to explain the existing cross-country variation in sleep problems.

PMID:
25975374
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-015-0682-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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