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Open Access Associations among Sleep, Diet, Quality of Life, and Subjective Health

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Objective: We set out to improve understanding of the health behaviors of older adults by examining the interrelationships of a low-fat diet and subjective measures of sleep. Methods: Older adults (N = 126) completed a paper-and-pencil questionnaire about sleep, health behaviors, quality of life, and subjective health. Results: Path analysis revealed sleep quality was related to daytime functioning, which was positively interrelated with quality of life and subjective health. The positive relationship between low-fat diet and quality of life may be connected to increased daytime functioning. Conclusion: Together with a healthy diet, sleep seems to play a role for older adults in maintaining a functional and healthy lifestyle, improved quality of life, and a positive perception of health.

Keywords: LOW-FAT DIET; OLDER ADULT HEALTH; OLDER ADULTS; QUALITY OF LIFE; SLEEP QUALITY; SUBJECTIVE HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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