The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between long sleep duration and functional capacities.
We conducted a cross-sectional study at the Department of Kinanthropology at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Forty eight non-frail postmenopausal women aged between 49 to 75 years were recruited using advertisements in local papers. Body weight, body mass index, fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, number of steps per day, SF-36 total (healthy questionnaire), resting metabolic rate, total energy intake, sleep duration, knee extensor strength (dynamometer), chair stand test and balance opened eyes test were measured.
We found a significant negative correlation between hours of sleep and functional capacity: chair stand test (r = −0.33, p = 0.02), balance opened eyes test (r = −0.45, p = 0.001), muscle strength (r = −0.43, p = 0.002) and skeletal muscle mass (r = −0.39, p = 0.007). In addition, long sleepers (> 9 h) had significantly lower values for skeletal muscle mass (p = 0.03), muscle strength (p = 0.01), chair stand test (p = 0.03), and balance opened eyes test (p = 0.001). Finally, linear regression analysis showed that sleep duration was an independent predictor of the chair stand test (p = 0.024), balance opened eyes test (p = 0.001), and muscle strength (p = 0.035) in our cohort.
Long sleepers were associated with lower functional capacities in our cohort of sedentary postmenopausal women.
Fex A; Barbat-Artigas S; Dupontgand S; Filion ME; Karelis AD; Aubertin-Leheudre M. Relationship between long sleep duration and functional capacities in postmenopausal women. J Clin Sleep Med 2012;8(3):309-313.