Physical Activity, Sleep, and Biobehavioral Synergies for Health

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Sleep is essential for most health functions, and pharmacological treatments for promoting sleep have limited efficacy. A nonpharmacological treatment such as exercise is appealing given the relative ease with which it can be performed and its concomitant health impact. This chapter reviews the evidence supporting the relationship between exercise and sleep, including epidemiologic studies, acute laboratory-based studies, and randomized controlled exercise-training studies. The chapter emphasizes emerging studies exploring temporal relationships between exercise and sleep, exercise modalities, common sleep disorders, and sedentary behavior. Finally, we propose a new paradigm that focuses on the dynamic interplay of a spectrum of health behaviors-sleep, sedentary behavior, and exercise-and how these behaviors can be collectively optimized to produce maximal health benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSleep and Affect
Subtitle of host publicationAssessment, Theory, and Clinical Implications
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780124172005
ISBN (Print)9780124171886
StatePublished - Jan 20 2015


  • Built environment
  • Exercise
  • Isotemporal substitution models
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Physical activity
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Sleep
  • Slow-wave sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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