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Sleep patterns and insomnia management in Korean-American older adult immigrants

TitleSleep patterns and insomnia management in Korean-American older adult immigrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSok, SR
JournalJ Clin NursJ Clin Nurs
Volume17
Pagination135-43
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number0962-1067 (Print)<br/>0962-1067 (Linking)
Accession Number17419793
KeywordsAged, Asian Americans, Chi-Square Distribution, Emigration and Immigration, Female, Humans, Korea/ethnology, Male, Middle Aged, Questionnaires, Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders/epidemiology/physiopathology/ therapy, Sleep/ physiology, United States/epidemiology
AbstractAIMS: This study aimed to describe sleep patterns and insomnia management in first generation Korean-American older adult immigrants. Specifically, this research examined differences in sleep interruption factors, use of sleep promotion aids, sleep characteristics and insomnia management between men and women who are first generation Korean-American older adult immigrants. BACKGROUND: Older adults feel that their sleep is shallow, interrupted frequently and is insufficient. If sleep changes are severe, it is difficult for older adults to maintain an awakened state during the day. DESIGN: This was a descriptive survey study. METHODS: The survey included a set of four questionnaires. All measures were self-administered. In the data analysis, descriptive statistics was used to analyse demographic characteristics. The chi-squared test and t-test were used to examine the differences between men and women. RESULTS: Most subjects experienced sleep interruption (n = 43, 82.6%) and were not satisfied with their sleep (n = 42, 80.8%). A quarter of the subjects had experience with complementary/alternative therapies to manage insomnia, although 40 subjects (76.9%) wanted to use complementary/alternative therapies to manage their insomnia. CONCLUSIONS: The study shows that first generation Korean-American older adult immigrant men and women report sleep interruptions and dissatisfaction with the quality of their sleep. Women were more likely in want of using complementary/alternative therapies for insomnia management than men. Women may have longed more for their traditional healthcare practices. The high degree of sleep disruption in this sample may relate to living in a different culture. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Health professionals need to assess sleep patterns and consider an array of methods including complementary/alternative therapies to manage insomnia.
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