Aerobic exercise improves self-reported sleep and quality of life in older adults with insomnia

Kathryn J. Reid, Kelly Glazer Baron, Brandon Lu, Erik Naylor, Lisa Wolfe, Phyllis C. Zee

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Objective: To assess the efficacy of moderate aerobic physical activity with sleep hygiene education to improve sleep, mood and quality of life in older adults with chronic insomnia. Methods: Seventeen sedentary adults aged ≥55 years with insomnia (mean age 61.6 [SD ± 4.3] years; 16 female) participated in a randomized controlled trial comparing 16 weeks of aerobic physical activity plus sleep hygiene to non-physical activity plus sleep hygiene. Eligibility included primary insomnia for at least 3 months, habitual sleep duration <6.5 h and a Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score >5. Outcomes included sleep quality, mood and quality of life questionnaires (PSQI, Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS], Short-form 36 [SF-36], Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale [CES-D]). Results: The physical activity group improved in sleep quality on the global PSQI (p< .0001), sleep latency (p= .049), sleep duration (p= .04), daytime dysfunction (p= .027), and sleep efficiency (p= .036) PSQI sub-scores compared to the control group. The physical activity group also had reductions in depressive symptoms (p= .044), daytime sleepiness (p= .02) and improvements in vitality (p= .017) compared to baseline scores. Conclusion: Aerobic physical activity with sleep hygiene education is an effective treatment approach to improve sleep quality, mood and quality of life in older adults with chronic insomnia.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages934-940
Number of pages7
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

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Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Sleep
Quality of Life
Exercise
Depression
Education
Epidemiologic Studies
Randomized Controlled Trials

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Physical activity
  • Quality of life
  • Sleep

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  • Medicine(all)

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