The effects of sedative music on sleep quality of older community-dwelling adults in Singapore

Angela Shum, Beverley Joan Taylor, Jeff N V Thayala, Moon Fai Chan

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    Objectives: To examine the effects of music listening on sleep quality amongst older community-dwelling adults in Singapore. Methods: In a randomized controlled study, a cohort of older adults (N= 60) age 55 years or above were recruited in one community centre. Sleep quality, as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), was the primary outcome. Participants demographic variables including age, gender, religion, education level, marital and financial status, any chronic illness, previous experiences of music intervention as well as depression levels were collected. Participants were asked to listen to soft, instrumental slow sedative music without lyrics, of approximately 60-80 beats per minute, and 40. min in duration, for 6 weeks. Generalized estimating equations were used to examine the effects of the intervention on the elders sleep quality. Results: Significant reductions in PSQI scores were found in the intervention group (n=28) from baseline (mean?SD, 10.2?2.5) to week 6 (5.9?2.4, p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49 - 56
    Number of pages8
    JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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