The STZ has long-lasting experience in planning and conducting research projects in the area of sleep research and somnology. One focus lies in visual performance of the elderly, for example when elderly people are participating in road traffic. Within HELP aspects of sleep quality and its improvement for older people play an important role. The current state of research reveals that gender mainstreaming has to be considered.
The Department's efforts aim at minimizing the dangers caused by day sleepiness of the elderly both during their working life and after they have retired. Further studies have to be extended to the age group 68-80 and 80+ in which the incidence of sleep problems increases. The findings will provide starting points for information and training which will sustainably improve the quality of life and the safety of elderly people.