Sleep in ageing women

A study of how patterns of sleep change with age, the kind of sleep problems common among women aged 40 and over, how these problems affect their lives, and what strategies and treatments they use to overcome them. 

Start date

September 2003

End date

July 2006


This project aimed to investigate:

  • The effect of ageing on sleep patterns for women aged 40 and over
  • The nature of sleep problems experienced by these women
  • The impact of these problems on women's daily lives
  • The strategies and treatments women use to overcome sleep problems.

It employed a multi-method approach, including 15 focus groups (N=124), in-depth interviews (N=35), audio sleep diaries (N=35), and a national postal questionnaire (N=1500).