New Dynamics of Ageing Project Summary Booklet on SomnIA >>
Day Conference: Sleep, Well-Being and Active Ageing: New Evidence for Policy and Practice, October 2010 > further information
'Key Findings for Policy and Practice': > document now available for download
Series of Briefing Papers now available > Briefing Papers
Workshop Night Life in Care Homes 9th July 2010, Bristol > further information
'Sleep problems in later life' : a new module for Healthtalkonline > Healthtalkonline

SomnIA is a four year NDA Collaborative Research Project (CRP) which addresses practice and policy relevant issues arising from the nature, impact and management of the sleep-wake balance in later life. It will extend and 'join up' strategically targeted areas of sleep research relevant to understanding and improving autonomy, active ageing, and quality of later life. 

Project Partners
Professor James Goodwin and Professor Alan Walker at a SomnIA Project Meeting

Project partners at a project meeting, from left to right:
Professor Sara Arber (PI), Professor Roger Orpwood, Professor Debra Skene, Professor James Goodwin, Dr Ingrid Eyers, Dr Luc Schlangen, Dr Maureen Tomeney, Professor Kevin Morgan and Dr David Armstrong

Professor James Goodwin and Professor Alan Walker at a project meeting

The SomnIA interdisciplinary research team comprises partners from six disciplines and four institutions - sociology (Sara Arber/Rebekah Luff/Robert Meadows/Susan Venn, Surrey), psychology (Kevin Morgan, Loughborough), neuroendocrinology (Debra Skene/Benita Middleton, Surrey), engineering (Roger Orpwood, Bath), nursing (Ingrid Eyers, Surrey) and medicine (David Armstrong, King's College London), together with consultants in health economics (Heather Gage), medical statistics (Peter Williams) and clinical psychology (Maureen Tomeny). 

SomnIA is working closely with five project partners: Philips Lighting, North Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Healthtalkonline (formerly DIPEx, University of Oxford), The Relatives and Residents Association, and Age UK. These project partners are providing detailed advice, access to research settings and products, and assisting the dissemination of results.

The project commenced in December 2006, and the project launch meeting took place in March 2007. Click here for photographs of the launch >>

New Dynamics of Ageing Initiative
This four year Collaborative Research Project is funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing Initiative by the five UK Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC and MRC). Grant number RES-339-25-0009. The NDA initiative is a seven year research programme, and is the largest and most ambitious research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK.

Aims of the Project (in brief)

To understand the meanings and determinants of poor quality sleep among older people in the community and in residential settings.
To develop cost-effective approaches to non-pharmacological self-management of sleep problems among older people with chronic disease
To evaluate their acceptability to users and assess their cost-effectiveness
To develop web-based user-friendly information and advice for older people with sleep problems

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