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Resistance Training and Sleep in the Elderly

This study has been completed.
Centro de Estudos em Psicobiologia e Exercício
Centro de Estudo Multidisciplinar em Sonolência e Acidentes - CEMSA
Instituto do Sono
Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Pesquisa
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Federal University of São Paulo Identifier:
First received: May 24, 2011
Last updated: July 27, 2011
Last verified: January 2008

Purpose: The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of a session of resistance training on the sleep patterns of elderly people.

Methods: Forty men aged 65 to 80 years, sedentary and clinically healthy were divided into two groups: the control group (n=18) and the resistance group (n=22). Both groups underwent two polysomnography tests, one at baseline and another after either a resistance training session (One Repetition Maximum - Strength Test, resistance group) or without physical exercise (control group).

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Physical exercise

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of a Session of Resistance Training on Sleep Patterns in the Elderly

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Further study details as provided by Federal University of São Paulo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sleep pattern measures in Polysomnography [ Time Frame: The session of resistance training was performance about 16 hours before the polysomnographic ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: November 2009
Primary Completion Date: November 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: physical exercise
Experimental group: physical exercise Control group: no physical exercise
Behavioral: Physical exercise
After the adaptation sessions, volunteers underwent a session of resistance training at 60% of 1 RM organized as follows: 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions on each exercise machine with a 1 minute and 30 second interval between each set and an interval of 2 minutes between each exercise machine, giving a total duration of training between 50 and 60 minutes. The sequence of exercise machines used was alternated by body segment. The sessions were performed at the same time of day (morning) under controlled temperature conditions (24 ± 21C).
Other Names:
  • Resistance Training
  • Sleep Patterns
No Intervention: Control group

Detailed Description:

Upon completion of the baseline polysomnography (PSG), volunteers underwent body composition evaluations (total body mass, height and body mass index calculation) to characterize the sample. Three familiarization sessions were conducted with the exercise machines used in the study, and one repetition maximum test (1 RM) was completed in order to quantify the training session load. A PSG test was conducted on the same day of the exercise session for the resistance group, and the control group had a second PSG without exercise to compare the groups at both times.

The body composition assessment, the adaptations to the exercises and the training sessions were held at the Center for Psychobiology and Exercise Studies.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male gender
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • age between 65 and 80 years
  • clinically good health (able to practice physical exercise)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known diseases of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal systems, diabetes
  • profession in the field of physical exercise
  • use of sleep medication
  • disqualification based upon the clinical examination
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01404286

Universidade Fderal de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 04020-050
Sponsors and Collaborators
Federal University of São Paulo
Centro de Estudos em Psicobiologia e Exercício
Centro de Estudo Multidisciplinar em Sonolência e Acidentes - CEMSA
Instituto do Sono
Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Pesquisa
Principal Investigator: Andrea M Esteves, PhD Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Principal Investigator: Valter AR Viana, MSc Federal University of São Paulo
Study Chair: Marco Tulio de Mello, PhD Federal University of São Paulo
Study Chair: Sergio Tufik, MD, PhD Federal University of São Paulo
Principal Investigator: Rita A Boscolo, MSc Federal University of São Paulo
Principal Investigator: Marcos G Santana, PhD Federal University of São Paulo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Marco Tulio de Mello, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo Identifier: NCT01404286     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1059/06
Study First Received: May 24, 2011
Last Updated: July 27, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sleep Wake Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Mental Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
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