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Prevalence of Insomnia Among Elderly Residents in A Rural Area in Bangalore, Karnataka

DP Rao, SKB Hegde, AM Joseph, A Sahu, G Gomez, A Kasthuri

Keywords : Elderly, Insomnia, Likelihood of Insomnia, Rural

Citation Information : Rao D, Hegde S, Joseph A, Sahu A, Gomez G, Kasthuri A. Prevalence of Insomnia Among Elderly Residents in A Rural Area in Bangalore, Karnataka. Indian Sleep Med 2012; 7 (1):14-18.

DOI: 10.5958/j.0973-340X.7.1.004

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012 Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Introduction: Insomnia has been reported as a common health problem among the elderly. Objectives: To assess the prevalence of insomnia among the elderly residents of a rural area and to identify associations between insomnia and selected baseline variables. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among permanent elderly residents of Mugalur village near Bangalore. An interview schedule based on a validated insomnia-screening questionnaire was developed for the purpose of this study and administered to the study population. Results: Among the 92 elderly studied, insomnia was prevalent in 13.04%. Among those with insomnia, 50% had parasomnias, 33.3% had circadian rhythm disturbances, 16.7% had sleep apnoea requiring further evaluation and 8.3% had movement disorders. A higher proportion of those that were currently unemployed, widowed, dependants, hypertensives, and diabetics, had urinary disturbances or had joint pains were suffering from insomnia. Conclusions: Prevalence of insomnia was 13.04%, with no significant associations.


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