Examining the impact of different components of sleep quality on anxiety among family carers of people with dementia

Elien Van Hout, Milena Contreras, Eneida Mioshi, Naoko Kishita*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Existing interventions for family carers of people with dementia tend to be less effective for anxiety than for depression. Therefore, identifying factors affecting carer anxiety is important to inform future interventions. This study conducted 2 multiple regression analyses using a sample of 91 family carers. The first regression model (∆R2 =.24), exploring the impact of demographic variables and carer stressors, demonstrated that hours of caring (β =.33) and overall sleep quality (β =.28) were significant predictors of anxiety. To further investigate the impact of sleep quality, the second model (∆R2 =.24) focussed on exploring the differential impact of various components of sleep quality on anxiety. Findings demonstrated that subjective sleep quality (β =.33) and sleep disturbances (β =.22) were significant predictors. Hours of caring per week, subjective sleep quality and sleep disturbances seem to be critical for treating anxiety in family carers. Future studies should investigate whether targeting these variables could improve carer anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Volume36
Issue number1
Early online date18 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • care burden
  • caregivers
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • mindfulness

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