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Commentary on: Böhmer MN, Oppewal A, Valstar MJ, Bindels PJE, van Someren EJW, Maes-Festen DAM. Light up: an intervention study of the effect of environmental dynamic lighting on sleep-wake rhythm, mood and behaviour in older adults with intellectual disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2022 Oct;66(10):756–781. doi: 10.1111/jir.12969. Epub 2022 Aug 25.
Implications for practice and research
Increasing light exposure in care facilities improves mood and behaviour in older adults with intellectual disability (ID).
Light exposure protocols should be implemented and investigated to determine the optimal intervention parameters.
Sleep problems are frequently experienced by older adults with ID living in residential care facilities1 due to instability and disruption of their sleep-wake rhythm.2 Light exposures protocols have been shown to improve sleep-wake rhythm, mood and behaviour in several clinical conditions, but literature in …
Funding Dr Ludovica Annarumma is funded by grants from the Ministero della Salute (RF-2018-12365682).
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.