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Front. Sleep, 14 October 2022
Sec. Sleep, Behavior and Mental Health
Volume 1 - 2022 |

Improvements in sleep quality and fatigue are associated with improvements in functional recovery following hospitalization in older adults

Emily J. Arentson-Lantz1 Rachel R. Deer1,2 Manasa Kokonda3,4 Chelsey L. Wen5 Thomas A. Pecha6 Samantha A. Carreon7 Trung M. Ngyen6 Elena Volpi2,8 Sara Nowakowski1,3,4*
  • 1Department of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States
  • 2Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States
  • 3Center for Innovation in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety, Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX, United States
  • 4Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States
  • 5School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, United States
  • 6School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States
  • 7Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States
  • 8Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States

Study objectives: Poor sleep quality, a frequent problem in older adults, has been shown to be associated with reduced physical function and wellbeing. However, little is known about the relationship between sleep quality and the recovery of physical function following hospitalization. Thus, we conducted this study to examine the association between sleep quality and functional recovery after an acute hospitalization in community dwelling older adults.

Methods: Older adult patients (N = 23, mean age = 74 ± 9 years) were recruited during an acute hospitalization (average length of stay 3.9 days) with a cardiovascular (56%), pulmonary (22%), or metabolic (13%) admission diagnosis. Objective physical function was measured using the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) and self-reported function was assessed with Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL). Sleep quality was measured using Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) global score and Iowa Fatigue Score (IFS). Testing was performed prior to discharge (baseline) and 4-weeks post-discharge (follow-up).

Results: Regression models showed PSQI Subjective Sleep Quality change scores from baseline to 4-week follow-up predicted a change in ADL (β = −0.22); PSQI Use of Sleep Medications change scores predicted a change in SPPB Total (β = 1.62) and SPPB Chair Stand (β = 0.63); IFS change scores predicted SPPB Total (β = −0.16) and SPPB Chair Stand performance (β = −0.07) change scores.

Conclusions: For older adults, changes in sleep medication use, daytime dysfunction, and fatigue were associated with improvements in functional recovery (including physical performance and independence) from acute hospitalization to 4-week follow-up. These results suggest that interventions focused on improving sleep quality, daytime consequences, and fatigue might help enhance physical functioning following hospitalization.

Clinical trial registration:, identifier: NCT02203656.


Older adults commonly suffer from multiple chronic conditions that can lead to hospitalization. From 2000 to 2015, more than 3 out of 10 adults in the US were admitted to an acute care hospital, and in 2018, the average length stay of older adults was 5.6 days (Weiss and Elixhauser, 2014; Quality AfHR, 2021). Additionally, older adults are also more likely to be physically incapacitated or placed on bed rest for extended periods (Boyd et al., 2005; Brown et al., 2009). Compared to younger adults on bed rest, older adults on bed rest experience significantly more functional decline, muscle loss, and accumulation of inflammatory cells in skeletal muscle (Tanner et al., 2015; Reidy et al., 2018). Physical inactivity alone contributes to a host of negative outcomes including impaired insulin action, loss of lean muscle mass, fatigue, impaired functional capacity, and increased morbidity and mortality (English et al., 2016; Arentson-Lantz et al., 2019, 2020; Wang et al., 2020). Reductions in physical function and activities of daily living are commonly observed in older patients admitted for acute hospital care (Greysen, 2016; Hartley et al., 2020). These impairments linked to hospitalization, collectively termed ‘hospital deconditioning', are often still present at discharge, and many patients fail to fully recover to pre-hospitalization physical function levels (Salpakoski et al., 2014; Morisawa et al., 2021). Hospital deconditioning has been identified as an emerging risk factor of increased frailty, disability and dependence that contributes to re-hospitalization, reduced quality of life, and mortality (Keim et al., 2020; Saitoh et al., 2021).

Identifying factors that may be related to physical functioning is a key step in understanding recovery and facilitating independence following hospital discharge. Indeed, adequate sleep is considered a necessary prerequisite to healing and recovery from illness, and sleep disturbances can hinder postoperative recovery (Su and Wang, 2018). However, 45% of hospitalized older adults report poor disturbed sleep, with an average of 3.75 h total sleep time and 13 awakenings per night (Blackwell et al., 2014; Stone et al., 2014). While data suggest that changes in sleep are associated with changes in physical functioning (Chennaoui et al., 2014), sleep studies in the hospital have largely been limited to measures of subjective sleep in critical care. Previous research has demonstrated that improvements in sleep quality are associated with better exercise function (Chennaoui et al., 2014; Antunes et al., 2017), while poorer sleep quality is assciated with worse mobility and physical function (Vitale et al., 2019), especially among older adults (Campanini et al., 2019). Sleep quality is a subjective rating of sleep based on a person's perception of sleep. Sleep quality is defined as rating the ability to fall and stay asleep, ability to return to sleep after an awakening, sleep duration, and whether or not an individual feels refreshed or restored in the morning (Harvey et al., 2008; Yilmaz et al., 2017). Conversely, increased mobility and exercise have been linked to better sleep quality (Chennaoui et al., 2014; Rubio-Arias et al., 2017) and shorter sleep latency (Passos et al., 2011), while reduced mobility has been shown to lead to sleep disturbance (Kirkhus et al., 2019). Given this reciprocal relationship, studies examining changes in sleep quality following hospital discharge and its relationship to changes in functional recovery are greatly needed.

Thus, we evaluated the relationship between sleep quality as assessed by Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and physical functioning as assessed by Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) in older adults during their hospital stay and at a 4-week follow-up. As secondary outcomes, we examined the relationship of fatigue as well as some self-reported measures of physical function and independence with the primary outcomes, PSQI and SPPB. We hypothesized that improvements in sleep quality and fatigue would be associated with improvements in physical performance following hospital discharge.


Participants, aged 65 years and older, were recruited and written consent was obtained during an acute hospitalization to the Acute Care for Elders Unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) hospital in Galveston, TX. All participants were from a larger parent study designed to identify optimal strategies to accelerate functional recovery from hospitalization examine the feasibility of enrollment and assessment of hospitalized older adults (Deer et al., 2016, 2018). Briefly, feasibility was assessed through collection of the number of eligible, contacted, and enrolled patients; reasons for declining enrollment and study withdrawal; and adherence with completing study procedures. The patients were assessed in the hospital and at 1-week and 4-week post-discharge. Each assessment measured muscle strength, physical function/performance, body composition, and psychological function. Physical activity levels were continuously monitored throughout study participation. This protocol was approved by the UTMB Institutional Review Board. This study was registered with as NCT02203656.

A total of 100 participants were randomized in the parent study; however, collection of sleep assessment data was initiated later in the data collection period of the parent study, so we were able to collect sleep/fatigue related outcomes from 23 participants. Potential participants were identified by daily chart review and were approached about participation in the study during their hospital stay. The inclusion for this present study and the parent study were identical. To be eligible for inclusion in the parent study, participants had to meet the following general criteria: (i) admitted to the hospital with an acute onset of disease or condition; (ii) residing at home before and after hospitalization; (iii) able to consent to participate in the study; (iv) self-reported ability to walk across a small room (with or without an assistive device) 2 weeks prior to hospitalization; (v) ability to stand independently at baseline testing; (vi) no medical contraindication to wearing the loose fitting velcro strap of a step activity monitor on one ankle; (vii) living within 30 miles of the hospital; and (viii) aged 65 years or older. If a patient's planned discharge location changed after enrollment from home to placement into skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility, the participant was withdrawn from the study.

Exclusion criteria were: (i) nursing home resident or hospice patient; (ii) uncontrolled blood pressure (systolic > 150, or diastolic > 100 mmHg); (iii) history of stroke with motor disability; (iv) estimated glomerular filtration rate < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 or evidence of kidney failure; (v) liver disease (AST/ALT 2 times above the normal limit, hyperbilirubinemia); (vi) recent (within 3 months) treatment with anabolic steroids; (vii) planned/elective hospitalization within 30 days of discharge; (viii) cognitive dysfunction determined by chart review, reported by nursing staff, or observed by trained research staff (not alert or oriented, dementia, active delirium); (ix) living >30 miles from the hospital; and (x) any other condition or event considered exclusionary by the principal investigator or treating physician.

Briefly, all participants in this present study completed the following sleep, fatigue and physical function related questionnaires as well as an objective measure of physical function at baseline (during the hospital stay). On average, the participants completed the baseline assessment 1.9 days into their hospital stay. The same measures (unless otherwise noted below) were repeated at 4-week follow-up study visit (27–33 days post-discharge) performed in the participant's home or at the UTMB facility. The age-adjusted Charleston Comorbidity Index score (Charlson et al., 1987) was calculated at baseline as a description of underlying comorbidities.

Sleep assessment

The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) is a 19-item validated survey instrument designed to assess general sleep quality (Buysse et al., 1989). Seven clinically derived components scores are summed to yield one global score (ranging from 0 to 21), with high scores indicating poorer general sleep quality. The component scores include Subjective Sleep Quality, Sleep Latency, Sleep Duration, Habitual Sleep Efficiency, Sleep Disturbances, Use of Sleeping Medications, and Daytime Dysfunction. A Global PSQI score of ≥ 5 indicates clinically significant poor sleep quality. In this present report, we reported both the global and component scores as others have found that a summed global score does not capture the multidimensional nature of sleep disturbance in older adults (Cole et al., 2006). Sleep Environment Questionnaire (SEQ) is a 10-question questionnaire that was modified to assess how the hospital environment impacted their sleep (see Table 3). This questionnaire was adapted in-house from the Assessment of Sleep Environment questionnaire (Olivier et al., 2016) and was only collected at baseline for descriptive analysis. All questions were reformatted as yes/no questions and specifically asked about the hospital environment impact on sleep. The SEQ was only intended to be descriptive for quality improvement purposes and responses reported as a percentage of participants answered ‘yes' to the question. A version of the original SEQ and modified SEQ are available in Supplementary Figure 1.

Fatigue assessment

Iowa Fatigue Scale (IFS) is an 11-question survey designed to assess fatigue in terms of cognitive function, drowsiness, energy level, and productivity, with a higher score indicating greater fatigue (Hartz et al., 2003). Scores range from 11 to 55, with scores of 30–39 indicative of fatigue and scores of 40–55 indicative of severe fatigue.

Physical performance assessment

All participants completed the following physical function-related testing and questionnaires at baseline before the participant was discharged from the hospital and at 4-week follow-up. The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is an objective measure of physical performance in older adults and consists of a total score as well as three component scores of lower body function: a short, timed walk at usual gait speed (SPPB Gait), five repeated chair stands (SPPB Chair Stand), and a standing balance exercise (SPPB Balance) (Guralnik et al., 1994). Each of the three performance measures were scored from 0 to 4, with 0 indicating inability to complete the test and 4 indicating the highest level of performance. A one point change in the total SPPB score is considered to be clinically meaningful (Perera et al., 2006). We also used the Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL), a 6-item questionnaire which assesses independence in bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, continence, and feeding (Katz, 1983). Each item is scored as 1- independent or 0- dependent. Higher total scores indicate greater levels of independence. The Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL) is an 8-item questionnaire of independent living skills containing with a summary score ranging from 0 (low function) to 8 (high function) (Lawton and Brody, 1969). Items include: using the telephone, shopping, preparing food, housekeeping, doing laundry, using transportation, handling medications, and handling finances. Higher scores indicate a higher level of independent functioning.

Statistical analyses

A paired sample t-test was performed to detect the significant difference between baseline and 4-week follow-up testing. Correlation analysis was performed between the change from baseline to follow-up in sleep measures and the change in physical function measures. Covariates were selected based on documented association with sleep and/or physical functioning based on prior published studies and the parent study. A team of content experts reviewed and selected the final list of variables to assess their association with PSQI and/or SPPB in the present study. Covariates were selected for inclusion in the stepwise model based upon their association with the outcome at p < 0.05. Age, sex, race, ethnicity, hospital admission diagnosis, hospital length of stay, and Charlson Comorbidty Index were all considered as covariates but did not meet p < 0.05 criteria to be included in the model. Components that significantly correlated with the outcome variable were considered for inclusion in the multiple regression model. Outcome variables were assessed for normality and homogeneity tests to satisfy the distribution assumptions. Stepwise regression method was used to find the best fit regression model. Multivariable regression model was used for continuous outcome variables (SPPB measures, ADL, IADL) and a logistic regression model was used for analyzing categorical outcome variables. Significance was set at 0.05, and p-values were adjusted by Bonferroni procedure when conducting multiple comparisons. All analyses were performed using SAS software version 9.4 (SAS Institute, Inc., North Carolina, USA).



The average age of participants in this study (n = 23) was 74.4 ± 9.0 years old with a BMI of 29.7 ± 5.7 (Table 1). The majority were female (82.6%), white (82.6%), and non-Hispanic (87.0%). The average length of stay for acute hospitalization was 3.9 days, with Cardiovascular (56.5%), Pulmonary (30.4%), or Metabolic (13.0%) as the discharge diagnosis. The average age-adjusted Charleston Comorbidity Index score was 5.5.


Table 1. Demographics and hospitalization characteristics of study cohorta.

Sleep and physical performance scores at baseline and 4-week follow-up

Self-reported measures of sleep and daytime fatigue, as measured by the PSQI and IFS, improved longitudinally from baseline to follow-up (Table 2 and Figure 1). The Global PSQI score decreased 4 weeks post hospital discharge (p = 0.13), with a significant decrease in sleep disturbance (p = 0.03). At baseline, 69.6% of participants reported poor sleep quality (Global PSQI ≥ 5) while 52.2% reported poor sleep quality at 4-week follow-up. Participants also reported a lower level of fatigue 4 weeks post-hospital discharge (IFS decreased by 3 units, p = 0.13). Physical function improved (i.e., increase in scores) from baseline to follow-up across both global and components measures of the SPPB. Both the SPPB Total score (p = 0.03) and SPPB Balance score (p = 0.03) were significantly improved at 4-week follow-up. At baseline 65.2% of participants demonstrated poor physical performance (SPPB Total <10) while 43.5% demonstrated poor physical performance at follow-up.


Table 2. Sleep and physical performance scores at baseline, at 4-week follow-up and their change scoresa.


Figure 1. Frequency plots of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) global score and Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) total score at baseline and 4-week follow-up. Good sleep quality (PSQI < 5) among participants is increased from baseline (30.4%) to 4-week follow-up (47.8%) (A). Likewise, physical performance (SPPB > 10) among participants increased from baseline (34.8%) to 4-week follow-up (56.5%) (B).

Hospital sleep environment

The majority of participants (76.4%) stated that their sleep during hospitalization differed from their usual sleep patterns at home (Table 3). Common issues included: being uncomfortable or pain disturbing sleep (41.2%), uncomfortable mattress or pillows (29.4%), and engaging in other behaviors that disturbed sleep like watching TV (23.6%).


Table 3. Descriptive statistics of Sleep Environment Questionnaire (SEQ) participants completed prior to discharge form the hospitala.

Impact of change in sleep quality on change physical function recovery

To determine if the trajectory of physical function recovery after hospitalization was impacted by changes in sleep, we examined the association in change in sleep quality and physical function from baseline to 4-week follow-up (Table 4). Our results demonstrated improvements in sleep positively impacted the trajectory of functional recovery improvements. The PSQI Sleep Quality component score was inversely associated with an increase in ADL score, −0.22 ± 0.09, p = 0.03; indicating improved sleep quality predicted higher independence. PSQI Daytime Dysfunction component score was inversely associated with the change score of SPPB Balance, −0.51 ± 0.19, p = 0.02; indicating improved daytime dysfunction predicted improved physical performance. The change score of PSQI Use of Sleep Medications component score was significantly associated with increased SPPB Total score, 1.62 ± 0.45, p = 0.002 and SPPB Chair Stand score, 0.63 ± 0.22, p = 0.01; indicating greater use of sleep medications predicted improved physical performance. Similarly, the IFS change scores were inversely associated with physical performance (SPPB Total score, −0.16 ± 0.06, p = 0.01 and SPPB Chair Stand score, −0.07 ± 0.03, p = 0.03) and independence (increased IADL score, −0.11 ± 0.04, p = 0.005). Indicating reduced fatigue predicted improvements in physical performance and higher independence. Non-significant associations are listed in Table 4. Generalized regression plots of the significant associations are found in Supplementary Figure 2.


Table 4. Linear regression analysis between the change in measures of sleep and fatigue (PSQI and IFS) and change in physical function between baseline and 4-week follow-upa.


The present study evaluated the relationship between sleep quality and physical performance among a sample of hospitalized older adults. Of note, patients in this sample were not admitted to intensive care and were acutely hospitalized for an average length of stay of 3.9 days. Improvements in self-reported sleep quality following hospital discharge predicted improvements in objective measures of physical functioning following hospitalization. Specifically, we found that decreased report of daytime consequences of poor sleep predicted improvement in balance. Moreover, self-reported improvement in fatigue and increase in sleep medication use predicted improvements in some aspects of lower extremity physical performance. These results suggest that, regardless of poor sleep upon admission to the hospital, interventions targeting sleep quality, daytime consequences and fatigue may enhance functional recovery following hospital discharge and increase levels of independence, particularly in older patients that are more prone to deleterious effects of extended bedrest and immobility.

Our results are consistent with prior studies that link poor sleep quality with worse mobility and physical function (Chennaoui et al., 2014; Antunes et al., 2017) especially among older adults (Campanini et al., 2019). A strength of our study is the longitudinal design that allows us to examine Subjective sleep quality, fatigue, physical performance, and independence during the acute hospital stay and again 4 weeks following hospital discharge. Of note, during our initial analysis, we found age was not a significant covariate with change SPPB Total score and its component scores; this may be due to the small sample size or a result of differing discharge diagnoses. Although we did not find an association between sleep quality and physical functioning during the hospital stay (Supplementary Table 1), we did find that changes in sleep quality (i.e., improvements in daytime functioning) and improvements in self-reported fatigue were associated with improvements in physical functioning from hospital stay to 4-week post-hospital discharge. These results are in line with a study examining subjective meaning of sleep quality. Investigators found that both healthy sleepers and patients with insomnia considered feeling rested and restored on waking and alert throughout the day as among the most important factors for judging sleep quality (Akhavan et al., 2010). The consequences of poor sleep quality include decreased daytime alertness (Katz, 1983; Guralnik et al., 1994), attention/concentration (Orff et al., 2007; Fortier-Brochu and Morin, 2014), motivation (Soehner and Harvey, 2012), and physical activity along with increased fatigue and compensatory behaviors (e.g., napping) (Gooneratne et al., 2003; Chasens et al., 2007; Foley et al., 2007; Alessi et al., 2008). These daytime sequelae may serve to undermine recovery from acute hospitalization. This, in turn, may explain increased disability, nursing home placement (Martin et al., 2010; Fung et al., 2012), morbidity (Foley et al., 2004), and mortality (Manabe et al., 2000; Dew et al., 2003; Cappuccio et al., 2010) in older adults with sleep problems. Targeted interventions focusing on improving sleep quality and reducing daytime consequences of poor sleep may be beneficial for hospitalized older adults.

It should be noted that the sleep medication use component score of PSQI was associated with improved physical performance in this study. Current treatment options to improve sleep in the hospital setting are limited and typically include pharmacotherapy. Acceptability of sedative hypnotics, however, is limited due to increased risk of falls (Diem et al., 2014), prolonged length of stay, and higher costs in the acute hospital setting (Zisselman et al., 1996; Yuen et al., 1997). Although over the conter sleep medications such as diphenhydramine, doxylamine as well as prescription sleep medications such as zolpidem and eszopiclone have been shown to be effective in the treatment of insomnia, they are not recommended for older adults due to concerns about tolerance, abuse, dependence, and rebound insomnia following discontinuation (Bloom et al., 2009; Bourgeois et al., 2013; Abraham et al., 2017). Thus, these limitations and concerns establish an imminent need for non-pharmacological approaches to ameliorate sleep disturbances for this population during hospital admissions and post-discharge (Kripke et al., 1998).

There are several limitations to our study that should be noted when evaluating the results from this study. First, examining sleep quality was an ancillary aim to the overall study that examined the effect of hospitalization on physical functioning. We were limited to collecting sleep data from 23 participants with complete data during and following hospitalization. While the small sample size limits generalizability, this is an important first step to acquire preliminary data, which was meant to be hypothesis generating. Secondly, our assessment of sleep quality using the PSQI was conducted on average 1.9 days after hospital admission. Standard PSQI instructions include to assess sleep habits over the past month with answers most accurate for the majority of days and nights in the past month. The PSQI administration is subject to memory/recall bias. Participants may have placed more emphasis on sleep during the hospital due to saliency and recency bias. In addition, we did not inquire about past history of sleep quality or sleep concerns, and therefore cannot make statements comparing prior episodes vs. new onset of sleep disturbances during hospitalization; we also cannot speak to the impact of duration of sleep disturbances in relation to study outcomes. Finally, the observational nature of our design meant that we cannot make any assertions about directionality or causality, including any causal role of poor sleep on physical recovery observed here.

Future work should address the limitations of the present study. To strengthen these findings, longitudinal studies, beyond 4 weeks post-discharge, could test the possibility that persistent sleep problems may have more robust effects on physical functioning. Assessment of insomnia history vs. new onset should also be assessed. Randomized clinical trials targeting sleep during and following hospitalization would allow us to test if sleep is a potential modifiable risk factor or intervention target to improve functional recovery in hospitalized older adults.

In summary, improvements in self-reported sleep (specifically daytime functioning) and fatigue were associated with improvements in physical functioning and independence pre-post hospitalization. These findings challenge the assumption in the lay community that sleep problems in older adults are solely a troublesome symptom of aging to be tolerated, with little implication for health and recovery. Future work should consider the benefits of treating sleep problems in older adults to facilitate functional recovery following hospital discharge.

Data availability statement

The raw data supporting the conclusions of this article will be made available by the authors, without undue reservation.

Ethics statement

The studies involving human participants were reviewed and approved by University of Texas Medical Branch IRB. The patients/participants provided their written informed consent to participate in this study.

Author contributions

RD, EV, and SN were involved in study design and data collection. RD, EA-L, MK, and SN were involved in data analysis and interpretation. RD, EA-L, MK, CW, TP, EV, SC, and SN participated in writing up the manuscript. All authors have seen and approved the manuscript.


This work was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Nursing Research (R01NR018342, PI: SN); South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center; Center of Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (CIN 13-413); National Institute of Aging (P30AG024832, UTMB Pepper OAIC, PI: EV); National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (UL1TR001439, UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences); and the National Dairy Council (1229, PI: EV). SC is supported by the NIDDK grant 3R01DK119246-03S1 (PI: Marisa Hilliard, PhD; Mentee: SC).

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PSQI, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index; IFS, Iowa Fatigue Score; SPPB, Short Physical Performance Battery; ADL, Activities of Daily Living; IADL, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living; SEQ, Sleep Environment Questionnaire; BMI, body mass index; ACCI, age-adjusted Charleston comorbidity index.


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Keywords: sleep quality, fatigue, hospitalization, physical function, independence

Citation: Arentson-Lantz EJ, Deer RR, Kokonda M, Wen CL, Pecha TA, Carreon SA, Ngyen TM, Volpi E and Nowakowski S (2022) Improvements in sleep quality and fatigue are associated with improvements in functional recovery following hospitalization in older adults. Front. Sleep 1:1011930. doi: 10.3389/frsle.2022.1011930

Received: 04 August 2022; Accepted: 22 September 2022;
Published: 14 October 2022.

Edited by:

Barbara M. Doucet, Baylor University, United States

Reviewed by:

Marquis Samuel Hawkins, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Amanda Hellström, Linnaeus University, Sweden

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*Correspondence: Sara Nowakowski,

These authors have contributed equally to this work and share first authorship