Midday napping and successful aging in older people living in the mediterranean region: The epidemiological mediterranean islands study (medis)

Alexandra Foscolou, Nathan M. D’cunha, Nenad Naumovski, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Loukianos Rallidis, Antonia Leda Matalas, Evangelos Polychronopoulos, Labros S. Sidossis, Demosthenes Panagiotakos

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between midday napping, sleeping hours, and successful aging among 2564 older (65+ years) individuals living in the insular Mediterranean region. Anthropometric, clinical, and socio-demographic characteristics, dietary habits, and lifestyle parameters were derived through standard procedures, while successful aging was evaluated using the validated Successful Aging Index (SAI; range 0–10). Of the 2564 participants, 74% reported midday napping. The SAI score was 2.9/10 for non-midday nappers vs. 3.5/10 for midday nappers (p = 0.001). Midday nappers were more likely to be physically active (p = 0.01) and to have higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet (p = 0.02) compared to non-midday nappers. In a fully adjusted model, midday nappers had 6.7% higher SAI score compared to the rest (p < 0.001), and the effect of midday napping was more prominent among males and participants 80+ years of age. Further analysis indicated a significant U-shaped trend between sleeping hours/day and SAI score (p < 0.001), with 8–9 h total of sleep/day, midday napping included, proposed as optimal in achieving the best SAI score. Midday napping seems to be a beneficial habit that should be promoted and encouraged in older people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • MEDIS study
  • Mediterranean region
  • Midday napping
  • Older adults
  • Sleep
  • Successful aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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