Project start in Witten: Improving the sleep of people with dementia

In a joint project, in which the DZNE site in Witten is involved, research is being carried out until March 2021 into how sleep problems in people with dementia can be reduced.

"It is known that sleep problems are more common in the elderly. Dementia and living in an old people's home do not necessarily help to reduce sleep problems. If you want to improve sleep, you have to look at the day and night in terms of effective measures - what is sleep-promoting and what is more inhibiting? In this study, we want to do exactly that - develop interventions that can be implemented in nursing homes and that can effectively reduce the sleep problems of residents with dementia". This is explained by Margareta Halek, junior professor and group leader from Witten.

Within the framework of the study "Multi-modal, non-pharmacological intervention in sleep problems of nursing home residents with dementia: a cluster-randomised study", a package of measures for better sleep is to be developed in the next two years together with the University of Lübeck and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The aim is to enable a better night's rest without the use of medication through resident related measures for night care, such as individual sleep routines, a sleep-promoting adaptation of the environment as well as an active day design.

In return, the DZNE in Witten will receive funds from the joint project amounting to 210,015 €. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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