Physical activity has a positive benefit on sleep quality in those with depression according to the literature and an expert consensus workshop held in April 20181. Randomised control trials have shown that supervised weight training 3 times per week can improve sleep quality (p=0.0002) in the elderly as measured by standardised sleep outcome indices2 and that 16 weeks of aerobic physical activity can improve sleep and reduce depressive symptoms in the elerly3. Observational research of 950 men and 1045 women had shown that physically active young women with depression are less likely to present with excessive sleepiness and young men less likely to have insomnia and fatigue4. Qualitative studies have also reported an improvement in regulating sleep patterns5.
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Physical activity can be recommended to improve sleep quality and reduce the symptoms associated with sleep disorders presenting in depression.
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