Does exercise promote sleep in the elderly?
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Does exercise promote sleep in the elderly? Evidence-based answer: Aerobic exercise and resistance exercise programs lead to small to moderate improvements in sleep quality and decreases in use of pharmacologic sleep aids in middle-aged to elderly patients (SOR: A, meta-analysis of RCTs). Tai chi moderately improves sleep quality, latency, duration, and habitual efficiency, and reduces sleep disturbance and daytime dysfunction in the elderly (SOR: A, meta-analysis of RCTs). Baduanjin, an exercise similar to tai chi, also improves sleep quality in elderly patients (SOR: C, small RCT).
Evidence-based practice 20, no. 5 (2017):10