Organized Social Activity, Physical Exercise, and the Risk of Insomnia Symptoms Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Yohannes W. Endeshaw, Wonsuk Yoo

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Abstract

Objectives: To compare the risk of insomnia symptoms among community-dwelling older adults who participated and did not participate in organized social activity and physical exercise. Design: Secondary data analysis of a prospective cohort study. Material and Methods: Community-dwelling older adults ≥65 years of age with no insomnia symptoms at baseline were included in the study. Participants were followed up yearly for 3 years. Insomnia symptoms, social activity, and physical exercise status of study participants were assessed at baseline and during follow-up. Results: Study participants who reported engaging in organized social activity and low-intensity physical exercise and organized social activity and high-intensity physical exercise were less likely to report insomnia symptoms during follow-up compared with those who did not engage in any activity. Conclusion: These results suggest beneficial effect of organized social activity and physical exercise in maintaining sleep quality in old age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-1001
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • high-intensity physical exercise
  • insomnia symptoms
  • low-intensity walking exercise
  • social activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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