Title

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

Document Type

Article

Abstract

© The Author(s) 2015. 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.

Keywords

insomnia symptoms, organized social activity, walking exercise

Publication Date

9-1-2016

Publication Title

Journal of Aging and Health

ISSN

08982643

E-ISSN

15526887

Volume

28

Issue

6

First Page

1073

Last Page

1089

PubMed ID

26690253

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0898264315618921

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