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Active Voice: Physical Activity and Sleep: It's Complicated!

from By Maya Lambiase, Ph.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Lambiase is a Department of Veterans Affairs Women's Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh VA. Her research focuses on the relationships among physical activity, sleep, and cardiovascular disease risk. She is a professional-in-training member of ACSM.

The following commentary reflects Dr. Lambiase's views relating to the research article which she and her colleagues authored and that appeared in the December 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

Almost everyone has experienced a night or two of bad sleep in their life. Unfortunately, for many people getting too little sleep or waking up during the night, this is a common experience. Like many conditions that worsen with age, sleep is no exception. Older adults often report getting less sleep, taking longer to fall asleep, and waking up more frequently than younger individuals. Sleep problems also are highly prevalent among women across the lifespan. more

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