Insomnia in an 80-year-old population: relationship to medical, psychological and social factors

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In this study, insomnia in 80-year-olds was related to medical, psychological and social factors. The data were based on examinations every year in people aged between 80 and 89 years. Of 333 people living in the city of Lund and born in 1908, 67% participated. Increased severity of insomnia was significantly associated with use of diuretics, other cardiovascular drugs, hypnotics and laxatives, and with nervousness, difficulty relaxing, anorexia, nausea, constipation, backache, feeling cold, sweating, loss of weight, dizziness, depression, general fatigue, exhaustion, angina pectoris, cardiac insufficiency, worsened objective and subjective health, presence of negative T-waves on ECG, anxiety, total life satisfaction, neuroticism, disbelief in a just world, feeling lonely and lower survival rates. Thus insomnia has widespread associations with different aspects of life in 80-year-olds.


  • Elmo Jensen
  • Ove Dehlin
  • Bo Hagberg
  • Gillis Samuelsson
  • Torbjörn Svensson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences


  • aged, depression, insomnia, psychology, quality of life, sociology, survival
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-189
JournalJournal of Sleep Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Geriatric Medicine (013040040), Department of Psychology (012010000), Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)