Self-reported poor sleep on multiple dimensions is associated with higher total health care costs in older men

John T. Schousboe, Allyson M. Kats, Katie L. Stone, Lisa Langsetmo, Tien N Vo, Terri L. Blackwell, Daniel J. Buysse, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Kristine E. Ensrud

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Abstract

Study Objectives: To estimate the association of self-reported poor sleep in multiple dimensions with health care costs in older men. Methods: Participants were 1,413 men (mean [SD] age 76.5 [5.7] years) enrolled in both the Outcomes of Sleep Disorders in Older Men (MrOS Sleep) study and Medicare Fee-for-Service. Poor sleep was characterized at the baseline MrOS Sleep visit on five dimensions (satisfaction, daytime sleepiness, timing, latency, and duration). Health care costs and utilization were ascertained over 3 years of follow-up using Medicare Claims. Results: Median (interquartile range [IQR]) annualized total health care costs (2018 US dollars) rose from $3,616 (IQR 1,523-7,875) for those with no impaired sleep dimensions to $4,416 (IQR 1,854-11,343) for men with two impaired sleep dimensions and $5,819 (IQR 1,936-15,569) for those with at least three impaired sleep dimensions. After multivariable adjustment, the ratio of total health care costs (CR) was significantly higher for men with two (1.24, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.03- to 1.48) and men with at least three impaired sleep dimensions (1.78, 95% CI 1.42 to 2.23) vs. those with no impaired sleep dimensions. After excluding 101 men who died during the 3-year follow-up period, these associations were attenuated and not significant (CR 1.22, 95% CI 0.98 to 1.53 for men ≥3 impaired sleep dimensions vs. none). Conclusions: Self-reported poor sleep on multiple dimensions is associated with higher subsequent total health care costs in older men, but this may be due to higher mortality and increased health care costs toward the end of life among those with poor sleep health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSleep
Volume43
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Health care costs
  • Health care utilization
  • Mortality
  • Poor sleep

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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