By Michal Sakal, a physical therapist
Sleep problems are more prevalent among people with MS than in the general population.
Research indicates that although physical activity (PA) can improve sleep quality, adults with MS do not spend enough time engaged in PA.
People with MS who experience gait or balance problems might shy of any form of PA. However, to improve sleep quality, one does not have to run marathons or spend hours at the gym performing complicated exercises that require balance and agility. There are indications that short strength training sessions a few times per week might do the trick.
Sleep quality is fundamental for everybody but especially for ppl with MS because of its associations with other MS symptoms, such as fatigue. Therefore, people with MS are encouraged to engage in physical activity according to their capabilities and preferences.
Have you experienced the effects of physical activity on sleep quality?
The BelongMS Team
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