Sedentary time, physical activity, and sleep quality in fibromyalgia: The al-Ándalus project

Milkana Borges-Cosic, Virginia A. Aparicio, Fernando Estévez-López, Alberto Soriano-Maldonado, Pedro Acosta-Manzano, Blanca Gavilán-Carrera, Manuel Delgado-Fernández, Rinie Geenen, Víctor Segura-Jiménez

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To get insight into the potential significance of objectively measured sedentary time (ST), and physical activity (PA) intensity levels on sleep quality (SQ) in women with fibromyalgia; and to assess whether those who meet moderate‐to‐vigorous PA (MVPA) recommendations have better SQ than their counterparts.
Four‐hundred and nine women with fibromyalgia (age range 30‐65 years old) from Andalusia (southern Spain) were included in this cross‐sectional study. Sedentary time, PA intensity levels (light, moderate, and MVPA), and total PA were assessed with accelerometers during seven consecutive days. Sleep quality was measured with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index self‐report questionnaire.
Higher ST was associated with worse subjective SQ, sleep duration, sleep disturbances, daytime dysfunction, and SQ global score (all, P < 0.05). All PA levels were associated with better subjective SQ and sleep latency and with less sleep medication and daytime dysfunction (all, P < 0.05). In addition, light and total PA were associated with better sleep efficiency, SQ global score, and less sleep disturbances (all, P < 0.05). Finally, women meeting bouted PA recommendations displayed better SQ than patients not meeting the recommendations (bouted or non‐bouted).
Lower ST and greater PA levels are associated with better SQ in women with fibromyalgia. This result demonstrates that those patients with fibromyalgia who reduce periods of inactivity and perform PA could be better sleepers, which might contribute to a lower severity of the disease. It is noteworthy that meeting bouted PA recommendations is associated with better SQ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Issue number2
Early online date30 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 16 Jan 2019


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