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Motion och sömnkvalitet hos äldre personer i en kommun i sydöstra Sverige
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [sv]

Background: The population of the world is getting older and in the year of 2020, 1.2 billion people will be 60 years or older. A common health complaint affecting the quality of life in elderly persons are sleep difficulties. Physical activity is claimed to improve sleep quality and the maintenance of a normal circadian rhythm. Several studies have shown positive effects of physical activity on sleep quality, still the evidence of physical activity as sleep-promoter is insufficient. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate associations between physical activities and sleep quality in persons ≥60 years of age. Methods: The study had a cross-sectional design and the study sample consisted of persons ≥60 years. Nine hundred and forty-five persons were included in the study and the associations between physical activity and sleep quality as well as health and physical function were calculated through non-parametric statistics. Results: In this study 524 (55.4%) were female. Mean age for females was 74.3 years (SD10.3) respectively 72.8 years (SD 10.1) for men (p= 0.035), 71.2 % performed physical activities regularly and there were no differences between genders. Physical activity had the strongest correlations with decreased daytime sleep, younger age (<80 years) and less difficulty sleeping due to pain or itch. Conclusion: Regular physical activity had a positive association with sleep quality, health and physical function.

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2011. , 23 p.
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elderly, persons, health, non-parametric tests, physical, activity, sleep, quality.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-5222Local ID: diva2:832589
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2011-06-09 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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