Relationship between sleep health and healthcare costs

Takeaway

  • Poor multidimensional sleep health in older women was associated with higher total healthcare costs, which were due to the burden of existing medical conditions, functional limitations, and depressive symptoms.

Why this matters

  • The prevalence of poor sleep increases with age and is associated with poor clinical outcomes, including depression, diabetes, and mortality, which may be associated with higher healthcare expenses.

  • Understanding the relationship between sleep health dimensions including quality, sleepiness, timing, efficiency, and duration and healthcare costs in a general population of older adults may impact clinical outcomes and healthcare utilization.