The potentially complex relationship between sleep and physical activity has been characterized as difficult to answer. This study was to determine the relationship between Physical Activity (PA) and Sleep Quality (SQ) among community dwelling older adults in Idi-Araba, Lagos-State. A cross-sectional study of older adults aged 55 years and above. The participants’ PA level and SQ were measured using the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) respectively. The data was summarised using mean, frequency and percentage. Spearman Correlation, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis and chi-square test were also employed. Level of significance was set at p ?0.05. Majority of the older adults (62%) reported poor sleep quality. There was a significant relationship between PA and SQ among the participants, higher level of physical activity correlated with a lower score on the sleep quality. Age had significant influence on PA as there was a decline in PA with increasing age, though gender had no significant influence on PA. Age and gender had no significant influence on SQ. Older adults should be encouraged to participate in more physical activity to improve their sleep.
Key words: Sleep quality, physical activity, older adults.
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