- Just one night of disturbed sleep means you are less capable to control posture and balance the day after
- A single bad night sleep decreases your chance of controlling posture according to researchers at the University of Warwick, who have used state of the art sensors to monitor sleep and balance
- Implications could be that older people who have had a bad night sleep are the most at risk of a fall
- Innovative solutions of how to prevent imminent falls can now be researched
Disturbances during sleep decreases capability to control posture and balance according to researchers from the Department of Engineering and Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick who have an article published today in Scientific Reports This is the first study demonstrating the relationship between disrupted sleep and the reduced capability to control posture and balance, and it could pave the way to new interventions to prevent falls in later life, should the results be confirmed by other studies on older adults. The research shows that fragmented and disrupted sleep leads to acute balance deficit. The study was conducted by the School of Engineering in collaboration with Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick. A sample of healthy adults underwent sleep and balance assessment over two consecutive days, to determine the links between day-to-day variations in sleep quality and balance. State-of-the-art wearable sensors were used for in-home sleep monitoring and balance testing. These findings are relevant to pave the way to the design of fall prevention programs in populations and settings where normal sleep is frequently disrupted, such as older people and hospital wards.