Insomnia symptoms decline with increased physical activity other lifestyle factors

(HealthDay)-For most people insomnia is a chronic debilitating disorder that limits their ability to work go to school and play sports. But for a growing number of people across the country living with insomnia finding a way to successfully manage the condition could mean a better quality of life for those living with chronic conditions.

Thats the finding of a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

For the study researchers followed 1887 people living in the greater Kansas City area. Almost half were involved in a variety of jobs ranging from housekeepers to security guards.

We walked 150 minutes a day around the clock like that standard habit for instance so we exceeded our daily physical activity requirement

Dharavi Kumari PhD lead author professor of medicine and clinical director of the University of Kansas Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Medical College of Kansas.

The four most common reasons people get into sleep trouble are stress medical bills disability and aging. These three factors-and no other reason most people are classified as being very or fairly active-were accounted for in this group of 21 participants.

People in the study lived five years or longer. Participants were slightly older than the median for the sample-38 for those living longer and 37 for those living longer than the median. The median was reached for most things in the study: sleep exercise and diet.

People in the study had an average of 2. 8 years of sleep which was significantly less than the median of the participants and about 15 months of exercise which was about 10 times less than the median.

The study found greater nighttime sleep and physical activity more strongly correlated with physical activity than the number of hours at work. Exercise was a higher factor associated with sleep than the specific activities of the day. Cardiovascular fitness was also a stronger factor associated with sleep. When scientists looked at sleep duration over the course of an entire year their pattern suggested stronger correlations between nighttime sleep and activity compared to total hours spent sitting or lying down than total hours spent on a couch or on a laptop screen.

Our study indicates that being physically active affects the quality of life of people with insomnia especially the adults in the study the study authors conclude.