Exercise reduces sleep problems in breast cancer survivors

December 26, 2017

(HealthDay)—A physical activity intervention reduces perceived sleep dysfunction at three and six months for post-primary treatment breast cancer survivors, according to a study published recently in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Laura Q. Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues examined the effects of a physical activity behavior change intervention on sleep quality in a sample of 222 post-primary treatment . The survivors were randomized to a three-month physical activity behavior change intervention (Better Exercise Adherence after Treatment for Cancer [BEAT Cancer]) or usual care.

The researchers found that BEAT Cancer significantly improved Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index [PSQI] global sleep quality compared with usual care after adjustment for covariates at three and six months (mean between-group difference, −1.4 and −1.0, respectively). At three months, but not at six months, BEAT Cancer improved several PSQI subscales (sleep quality, sleep disturbances, and daytime dysfunction; mean between-group difference, −0.3, −0.2, and −0.2, respectively). There was a nonsignificant increase in the percentage of participants classified as good sleepers. Accelerometer latency and efficiency did not differ significantly between the groups.

"A intervention significantly reduced perceived global sleep dysfunction at three and six months, primarily because of improvements in aspects not detected with accelerometer," the authors write.

Explore further: Tibetan yoga practice may improve sleep quality for breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy

More information: Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Tibetan yoga practice may improve sleep quality for breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy

September 20, 2017
Participating in twice-weekly practice of Tibetan yoga may reduce sleep disturbances and improve sleep quality in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, according to a study from researchers at The University of Texas ...

Acupressure ups sleep quality in nursing home residents

February 9, 2017
(HealthDay)—For nursing home (NH) residents, acupressure on specific acupoints is associated with improved sleep quality and well-being, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics ...

Poor sleep is associated with ischemic heart disease and stroke

August 29, 2017
Poor sleep is associated with ischaemic heart disease and stroke, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. The observational study in nearly 13 000 people revealed different patterns of sleep disturbance between ...

Structured exercise prevents sleep issues in older adults

July 13, 2015
(HealthDay)—Structured physical activity may prevent poor sleep quality in older adults, according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Anti-TNF-alpha Rx improves sleep quality in ankylosing spondylitis

June 23, 2017
(HealthDay)—Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) therapy improves sleep quality (SQ) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) without any improvement in polysomnography (PSG) measures, according to a study published ...

Study suggests that yoga and exercise fail to improve sleep in midlife women

January 23, 2017
A new study indicates that yoga and aerobic exercise interventions did not significantly reduce objectively measured sleep disturbances among midlife women who were experiencing hot flashes.

Recommended for you

MR spectroscopy imaging reveals effects of targeted treatment of mutant IDH1 gliomas

May 18, 2018
Using a novel imaging method, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team is investigating the mechanisms behind a potential targeted treatment for a subtype of the deadly brains tumors called gliomas. In their report ...

Breath test breakthrough for early diagnosis of oesophageal and gastric cancer

May 18, 2018
A breath test can successfully detect oesophageal and gastric cancer and could be used as a first-line test for patients, say researchers.

Particle shows promise to prevent the spread of triple-negative breast cancer

May 18, 2018
USC researchers have pinpointed a remedy to prevent the spread of triple-negative breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women. The findings appear today in Nature Communications.

Dilemma for cancer patients as life-saving meds are tied to vision loss

May 18, 2018
(HealthDay)—A newer type of cancer treatment may offer the chance of longer survival, but the drugs could also trigger new side effects, such as vision problems.

Polygenic scores to classify cancer risk

May 18, 2018
Polygenic risk scores could be useful to stratify the risk of several cancers among patients in medical centers, allowing for the potential discovery of new associations between genes, disease and secondary effects, according ...

A way to prevent pancreatic cancer from spreading post-surgery?

May 17, 2018
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have solved a mystery about how pancreatic cancer spreads following surgery in patients whose tumor is successfully removed. After surgery, patients' typically experience ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.