By Wolfram Herrmann of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
In our aging population, the probability of anyone of us needing to live in a nursing home at some point is growing. Many of us already have relatives living in nursing homes. Thus, the quality of life and living conditions of nursing home residents is a topic that affects us all.
In old age, and especially in the nursing home, sleeping problems are a big issue. Several studies have been conducted on the sleeping behaviour of nursing home residents, and several different treatments have been tested, such as physical activity and bright light during daytime. But the effects of these treatments have been only small.