Physical exercise performed before bedtime improves the sleep pattern of healthy young good sleepers

Physical exercise performed before bedtime improves the sleep pattern of healthy young good sleepers

Author Flausino, Noler Heyden Google Scholar
Da Silva Prado, Juliana Martuscelli Google Scholar
Queiroz, Sandra Souza de Google Scholar
Tufik, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Mello, Marco Tulio de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract To investigate the influence of different intensities and durations of exercise before bedtime on the sleep pattern and core body temperature of individuals considered good sleepers, we selected 17 healthy males and all underwent 5 nonconsecutive days of study. Measurements of polysomnographic parameters and core body temperature were taken at baseline and after each experimental protocol, performed at night. We found increased sleep efficiency (p?=?.016) among all protocols compared with baseline data and increase in REM sleep latency (p?=?.047) between two experiments; there was decrease in the percentage of stage 1 sleep (p?=?.046) and wake after sleep onset (p?=?.003). Core body temperature did not change significantly during the nights following exercise. Exercise performed before sleep does not impair sleep quality; rather, its practice improves sleep in good sleepers who are nonathletes, and may be considered to improve sleep pattern.
Keywords Exercise
Core body temperature
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Associacao Fundo de incentivo a Pesquisa (AFIP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundo de Auxilio aos Docentes e Alunos (FADA/UNIFESP)
Grant number FAPESP: FAPESP-CEPID/Sono 98/143033
Date 2012-02-01
Published in Psychophysiology. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, v. 49, n. 2, p. 186-192, 2012.
ISSN 0048-5772 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Extent 186-192
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000299335600006

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