New study to examine insomnia in older adults
Insomnia symptoms in older adults with mild cognitive impairment represent a significant public health burden in terms of impaired quality of life, risks from untreated insomnia, and risks from pharmaceutical insomnia treatment. The NINR funded study, Multicomponent Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Insomnia in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, recently launched will be the first to explore the effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatments for insomnia in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
The team, led by Dr. McPhillips, will conduct a randomized pilot study to test a brief (4 week), tablet-based, personalized, multicomponent behavioral sleep intervention for insomnia, compared to a sleep education control group. Findings from this work will inform future, larger scale clinical trials and may provide a novel and innovative way for older adults with mild cognitive impairment to achieve better sleep and health-related quality of life outcomes.