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J Aging Phys Act. 2016 Apr;24(2):201-6. doi: 10.1123/japa.2014-0061. Epub 2015 Aug 20.

Sleep Quality and Recommended Levels of Physical Activity in Older People.

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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom.

Abstract

A minimum level of activity likely to improve sleep outcomes among older people has not previously been explored. In a representative UK sample aged 65+ (n = 926), cross-sectional regressions controlling for appropriate confounders showed that walking at or above the internationally recommended threshold of ≥ 150 min per week was significantly associated with a lower likelihood of reporting insomnia symptoms (OR = 0.67, 95% CI = 0.45-0.91, p < .05). At a 4-year follow-up (n = 577), higher walking levels at baseline significantly predicted a lower likelihood of reporting sleep onset (OR = 0.64, 95% CI = 0.42-0.97, p < .05) or sleep maintenance (OR = 0.63, 95% CI = 0.41-0.95, p < .05) problems. These results are consistent with the conclusion that current physical activity guidelines can support sleep quality in older adults.

PMID:
26291553
DOI:
10.1123/japa.2014-0061
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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