Assessing sleep

By Dementia Training Australia

  • Foundational
  • 30 minutes
  • Online Module
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In this module we show you how to assess the quality and timing of an older person’s sleep: are they getting enough sleep at night and is it sufficient to not feel tired or sleepy during the day. You’ll learn about assessing a person’s sleep patterns and see a sleep assessment of Anna, an aged care resident who is having some problems with her sleep. We explore issues to consider when assessing sleep in an older person: depression; physical activity and diet; sleep apnoea; medications; light and circadian rhythm; and mental and social engagement. This is module 2 in the 3-part module series: Sleep Matters

Physical Wellbeing



Continuing Professional Development (CPD) :
30 minutes

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, staff should be able to:
  • Describe key points about the timing and quality of sleep - restorative sleep
  • Describe the role of the following factors in assessing sleep in an older person:
    • medications,
    • diet and exercise,
    • exposure to light,
    • social & cognitive engagement,
    • depression,
    • pain,
    • and environmental factors.
    • Conduct a sleep assessment, using the SleepCog tool.
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