Exploring the Within-Person Coupling of Sleep and Cognition in Older African Americans

Alyssa A. Gamaldo, Jason C. Allaire, Keith E. Whitfield

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This study examined the within-person relationship between sleep and cognitive functioning. Fifty community-dwelling African Americans (age range = 50-80 years) were asked to report their sleep duration and quality the previous evening and to complete cognitive measures over 8 occasions within a 2-3 week period. A within-person daily change in sleep duration was significantly associated with worse global cognitive performance. The greater an individual deviated away from his or her average sleep duration on a particular day, the more likely his or her performance would decline. These results demonstrate that the sleep-cognition relationship can be observed at a within-person level of analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)851-857
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology and aging
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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