Sleep training for adults should be added to the National Health Service list of approved treatments
New research suggests that adults with sleep disorders can benefit from a sleep training program.
The article also reports that sleep training is being considered as part of the National Institutes of Health’s National Health Services list of therapies for adults.
The National Institutes on Aging (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are developing recommendations for the development of new treatments for adults with moderate to severe sleep disorders.
The guidelines recommend that adults in care be given the ability to train themselves to recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, including:Sleep disturbances in the evening or nightSleeping too little or too muchNursing or losing sleepSleep problems that cause daytime fatigue, disorientation, or disorienting patterns or symptomsNursings or deaths of adults with chronic sleep disordersThe National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults be given up to three hours of sleep per night to improve their quality of life.
This will provide the optimal amount of restful sleep that allows them to get the best benefit from treatments.
In the article, Dr. David Korn, senior research scientist with the National Sleep Institute and a lead author of the report, said that sleep loss, which can occur when a person is fatigued and is not alert enough, is one of the most common sleep disturbances in adults.
“People who suffer from sleep loss are not sleeping well, are not getting the optimal levels of rest and are not recovering from the sleep loss,” Korn said.
The findings come from a large survey of more than 11,000 adults ages 18 to 85 who are being evaluated for sleep disorders and were part of a clinical trial to determine if an individual with moderate or severe sleep problems can benefit significantly from a treatment program.
Sleep training programs have been shown to have an effect on health in several studies, including the Sleep Wellness Study and the National Longitudinal Sleep Study.
“A lot of people are thinking, ‘Well, I’m going to try to sleep more and have a more effective sleep regime, but how can I do that?'” said Korn.
“We wanted to know what people who were really struggling with sleep were doing to try and recover from the stress of having to sleep a lot.”
In this study, researchers analyzed data from the National Lying-In Study, a clinical study conducted in the U.S. between 2008 and 2012, which collected data from more than 16,000 individuals ages 18 and older.
They also collected data on people who completed the Sleepwellness Study.
In addition to measuring sleep quality, the study looked at how much time individuals spent on the computer or other activities over the course of the day.
Participants were asked how much sleep they spent on these activities.
“We did some really interesting stuff in this study,” said Dr. Sarah Mertz, a sleep specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Center and co-author of the article.
“The fact that we looked at sleep duration as well as sleep quality really helps to understand how sleep is linked to health.”
The researchers found that those who were most likely to report sleep disturbances were those who reported having a history of insomnia or other sleep problems.
Sleep disturbances include, but are not limited to:Aphasia and cognitive declineAphasias and cognitive changes in the central nervous systemAphasic episodes or mild to moderate sleep apneaAphasystic episodes or severe insomniaSleep problems include problems with falling asleep, excessive awakenings, or difficulty staying asleep.
In some cases, sleep problems may be a result of other underlying conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, or schizophrenia.
Researchers found that the most effective treatments for sleep problems include a combination of medication and therapy.
Those who reported that they were sleeping too much, for example, could take a sleeping pill, or take an exercise prescription.
“Sleep disorders are associated with a lot of serious health issues in adults,” said Merts.
“And if we don’t do anything about these, we are putting them at risk for many, many, much worse outcomes.”
Korn said that it’s important for people to be aware of the risks associated with sleep training.
“The sleep training thing has been studied for a long time, and there is good evidence to show that there is no benefit from it,” he said.
“But there is a lot more we don