Sleep quality and pulmonary function in the healthy elderly

B. Phillips, D. Berry, F. Schmitt, R. Patel, Y. Cook

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Loss of sleep causes deterioration of pulmonary function and ventilatory responsiveness in normal humans and in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To evaluate the effects of variations in sleep quality on breathing, we studied 48 healthy elderly volunteers (mean age, 70 years). Electroencephalographically derived indices of sleep quality were correlated with spirometric performance, MIP, MEP, and waking SaO2. We found significant correlations between several indices of sleep quality and the spirometric measurements in the group as a whole, and striking correlations between sleep quality and PFT's in those with sleep efficiency less than or equal to 70 percent. We conclude that sleep disturbance may be related to poor performance on PFTs. These results suggest that spirometry should be performed on well-rested patients. The results also point to sleep quality as a potentially important variable in the management of patients with pulmonary disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

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Funding Information:
Supported by biomedical research support grants RR05374 and 4-30495 from the National Institutes of Health, by University of Kentucky Research Foundation grant No. 86-00058, by clinical research center grant MOIRRO2602-04 from the National Institutes of Health, and by the American Lung Association of Kentucky.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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