Association between Social and Physical Activities and Insomnia Symptoms among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Yohannes W. Endeshaw, Wonsuk Yoo

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the association between organized social activity, walking exercise, and insomnia symptoms. Material and Method: Data for analysis are derived from the National Health Aging Trends Study (NHATS). At baseline, demographic characteristics, socioeconomic status, health-related behaviors, sleep-related problems, and health status were assessed using questionnaires. Results: Data for 7,162 community-dwelling older adults were available for analysis. Difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and both insomnia symptoms were reported by 12%, 5%, and 11% of the participants, respectively. The proportion of participants who reported engaging in organized social activity, walking exercise, and both activities were 11%, 35%, and 26%, respectively. Participants who reported engaging in organized social activity and/or walking exercise were significantly less likely to report insomnia symptoms. Conclusion: These results have important implications for future studies that plan to implement nonpharmacological interventions for management of insomnia among older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1089
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • insomnia symptoms
  • organized social activity
  • walking exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Association between Social and Physical Activities and Insomnia Symptoms among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. / Endeshaw, Yohannes W.; Yoo, Wonsuk.

In: Journal of Aging and Health, Vol. 28, No. 6, 01.09.2016, p. 1073-1089.

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