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Physical Activity Improves Sleep for Menopausal Women
Leisure time, physical activity improve sleep characteristics for women with vasomotor symptoms

MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- For women with vasomotor symptoms, greater leisure time activity and greater household physical activity are associated with more favorable sleep characteristics, according to a study published online March 25 in Menopause.

Maya J. Lambiase, Ph.D., and Rebecca C. Thurston, Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, examined the correlation of habitual leisure time and household physical activity with sleep characteristics among a cohort of 52 women (aged between 54 and 63 years) reporting vasomotor symptoms.

The researchers observed a significant correlation between greater leisure time activity and increased likelihood of rating global sleep quality as good (odds ratio, 8.08). There was an association between increased household physical activity and more favorable diary-reported sleep characteristics, including significantly fewer night awakenings. In exploratory analyses, the correlation between household physical activity and more favorable sleep characteristics was mainly among women who were white and non-obese.

"Greater levels of habitual physical activity, particularly non-leisure time physical activity, are associated with more favorable sleep characteristics," the authors write. "Considering the potential impact of physical activity on sleep, even at the relatively modest levels characteristic of household physical activity, may be important for women with vasomotor symptoms, a subgroup at high risk for sleep problems."

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