EFFECTIVENESS OF AEROBIC EXERCISES ON SLEEP QUALITY, COGNITION AND QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN
Background: Post-menopause is a cessation of menses that lasts for 12 months or longer. It induces many symptoms and alterations on women’s body such as poor sleep and insomnia which results in poor quality of life when it became severe. Exercises are said to be extremely important throughout the women’s life time and particularly when she gets old. A daily moderate exercise has shown benefits in treating women with insomnia. Aerobic exercise plays an important role in maintaining quality of life, so the purpose of study was to investigate the effects of aerobic exercise on sleep quality, cognition, & quality of life in post-menopausal women. Methodology: In this study 49 post-menopausal women aged from 45-55 years were included. Subjects were selected according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Procedure was thoroughly explained to the subjects selected for the study. Selected subjects were received aerobics exercises protocol for 5 days/ week for 3 weeks. A pre & post sleep quality, cognition & quality of life of the selected subjects were assessed using Sleep quality scale(SSQ), Montreal cognitive assessment (MOCA), Menopause Specific Quality of Life questionnaire (MENQOL) respectively & results were analyzed statistically using paired t-test. Result: Significant improvements were observed after aerobic training in sleep quality (p-value 0.000), quality of life (p-value of 0.000) and there was no significant improvement in cognitive function (p-value 0.093). Conclusion: The post-menopausal women who aged from 45-55 years showed a beneficial effects on sleep quality and quality of life, but there was no significant improvement on cognitive function.