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More years, less yawns: fresh evidence on tiredness by age and other factors

Dolan, Paul and Kudrna, Laura (2015) More years, less yawns: fresh evidence on tiredness by age and other factors. Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70 (4). pp. 576-580. ISSN 1079-5014

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Identification Number: 10.1093/geronb/gbt118


Objectives. It is commonplace for people to complain about being tired. There have been actually few studies of tiredness in large general population samples, and where studies do exist, the measures often rely on external assessments. We use a diary-based method to overcome these limitations in a representative sample of U.S. residents. Methods. Data come from the 2010 American Time Use Survey. Around 13,000 respondents provided a diary about the prior day and rated how tired they felt during selected activities. Regression analysis is used to explain variance in tiredness by age. Results. Regression analysis reveals that tiredness decreases with age. This relationship exists when we control for hours of sleep, gender, self-rated health, ethnic group, number of children, marital status, employment status, level of education, and the amount of time participants spent doing tiring activities. Discussion. Contrary to much previous research, tiredness decreases with age. People who are more than 65 years of age are almost one point on a 0–6 scale less tired than people aged between 15 and 24. Clinical implications and methodological limitations are discussed.

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Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 13:45
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 06:30

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