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Elderly New Yorkers May Avoid Nursing Homes Through Good Sleep

Most New York residents are familiar with the push in recent years toward living healthy lifestyles. It can be hard to even turn on the television these days without seeing some evidence of how eating healthy and exercising lead to a longer and more fulfilling life. Getting enough sleep is also a great way to increase your health, along with providing other important benefits to the body.
But it turns out that getting enough sleep is not just good for you – NOT getting enough sleep is almost certainly bad for you. And, according to one recent study, poor sleeping habits can make it more likely for someone to be placed in a nursing home.
For loved ones of nursing home residents, the initial decision to make the move is not an easy one. News headlines detailing nursing home abuse or elder abuse are enough to turn some people away from these types of facilities altogether. Therefore, a recent study on the sleep habits of the elderly may be particularly relevant.
The study focused on a group of elderly women with an average age of 83. The researchers studied the overall number of minutes the women slept, and whether or not the sleep was constant or fragmented. The women in the study slept, on average, 6.8 hours per night; however, when they followed up with all of the women five years later, those who had suffered from fragmented sleeping patterns were more likely to be living in nursing homes than those who enjoyed a more constant sleep.
If any of our New York readers are struggling with the decision to put their elderly family member in a nursing home, at least now they know that one way to help is to advise their elderly relative to get the appropriate amount of sleep.


Jay W. Dankner

JAY W. DANKNER was born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from law school in 1973, he joined the firm of the legendary, Harry H, Lipsig, under whose tutelage he learned the intricacies of civil litigation and trials. He tried and won his first case against General Motors in a case involving a design defect within weeks after his admission. Thereafter, he focused his attention on the emerging and developing field of law known as products liability litigation.



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