Addressing Sleep Problems in Older Adults


About this study

As many as 57% of older adults complain of major disruption of sleep, 29% struggle to fall asleep and 19% complain of early-morning awakening. The implications of this sleep deprivation are sobering, particularly among older individuals.

The primary goal of this study is to determine whether a palatable foodstuff which contains a fruit/honey drink and which is taken every evening before bedtime leads to improved sleep in community-living individuals with sleep problems.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age ≥ 60 years old at the time of study registration.
  2. Individual describes trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep at study entry.
  3. Willing to participate in all aspects of the study.
  4. Willing to avoid kiwifruit, cherry, and honey for 4 weeks while on this study.
  5. Willing to avoid changes to current sleep medications (may use a stable dose of a currently prescribe sleep medication during the first 4 weeks after stating the intervention).

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Allergic to kiwifruit, cherries, honey, apples, or bananas.
  2. Hospitalized or living in a care facility at the time of enrollment.
  3. Clinical evidence of active malignant disease (cancer), as per healthcare provider's clinical judgment.
  4. Any cancer therapy (for example, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation, surgery, immunotherapy) in the preceding 3 months.
  5. Healthcare provider does not think that study candidate has a specific health problem that precludes participation.
  6. Allergy or intolerance of milk products.
  7. Women of child bearing potential.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Brent Bauer, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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