Comparing Tai Chi Training to a Low-Stress Physical Activity to Enhance Sleep in Older Adults

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Oregon Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00079664
First received: March 10, 2004
Last updated: September 30, 2013
Last verified: September 2013
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of Tai Chi, in comparison to conventional exercise, on the quality of sleep among sedentary older adults.


Condition Intervention Phase
Sleep Deprivation
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Behavioral: Tai Chi
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Tai Chi Training and Sleep Enhancement in the Elderly

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Further study details as provided by Oregon Research Institute:

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: July 2003
Primary Completion Date: March 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Elderly individuals often suffer from sleep disturbances. Chronic sleep problems can cause significant medical, psychological, and social disruptions. Although many sleep-related studies exist, few studies have focused on improving quality of sleep. Tai Chi, an exercise that incorporates meditation and breathing with whole body movements, may improve the quality of sleep and health status of elderly individuals.

Participants will be randomly assigned to either a Tai Chi group or a conventional exercise control group. Participants in each group will exercise for 60 minutes, 3 times per week, for 6 months. Assessment of sleep quality and health status will be done at study start, 3 months, 6 months, at the end of the study, and at a 3-month follow-up visit.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Sedentary, as defined by a lack of regular exercise during the previous 6 months
  • Healthy to the degree that participation in exercise testing and an exercise program would not exacerbate any existing disease condition
  • Physician's clearance for participation
  • Willingness to adhere to the conditions of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Sleep medication or other psychotropic medication during the study
  • Current sleep disorder treatment
  • Significant cognitive impairment as indicated by a score of 3 on the Pfeiffer Mental Status Questionnaire
  • More than 7 alcoholic beverages per week or use of alcohol close to bedtime
  • Smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day
  • Score of 5 or higher in the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index questionnaire
  • Score of 3 or higher on 2 out of 3 sleep items drawn from the Sleep Questionnaire and Assessment of Wakefulness
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00079664

Locations
United States, Oregon
Oregon Research Institute
Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97403
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Research Institute
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Oregon Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00079664     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R03 MH62327, R03MH062327, DSIR AT-SO
Study First Received: March 10, 2004
Last Updated: September 30, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Oregon Research Institute:
Tai Ji

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Sleep Deprivation
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Dyssomnias
Sleep Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Mental Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms

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