Effects of room temperature on body movements of the aged in a special nursing home during sleep

Tadakatsu Ohnaka, Shinya Yamazaki, Masatoshi Tanaka, Junin Matsui, Keiichi Yoshida
1988 Nippon Eiseigaku Zasshi (Japanese Journal of Hygiene)  
The frequency of body mevements of the aged in a special nursing home during sleep was measured in order to investigate the effect of thermal environments on sleep in spring and summer. Simultaneously, room temperature and the temperature in bed were also measured. The following results were obtained. 1) The room temperature in spring was about 23℃, which has been recommended as the air temperature suitable for sleep. The room temperature in summer was about 26℃. 2) The temperatures in beds in
more » ... ummer were also 3℃ higher, which was the same as the difference of room temperature between seasons. 3) Although the temperature was in the permissible range for summer sleep, the frequencies of body movements during sleep in summer were higher than those in spring. 4) The frequencies of body movements of the aged in the present study were higher than those reported for younger adults. These results suggested that the higher room temperature, which has been regarded as being in the temperature range for sleep, had an influence on the aged in the special nursing home.
doi:10.1265/jjh.43.622 fatcat:f63u3rauvzepxcvjzwaf7uvtea