|Title||The impact of sleep medications on physical activity among diabetic older adults|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Liu, Z, Yang, C|
|Keywords||Diabetes, Older Adults, Physical activity, Prescription sleep medication|
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of prescription sleep medications on physical activity (PA) participation among diabetic older adults. We analyzed cross-sectional data of 1,581 respondents ≥ 50 years from the 2006–2014 waves of the Health and Retirement Study. The respondents self-reported frequency of their PA from light, moderate and vigorous activity and whether they regularly took prescription sleep medications. We found that 381 of 1,581 respondents (24%) reported regular use of prescription medications for sleep. Hierarchical linear regression models revealed that use of prescription sleep medications significantly predicted less participation in PA after controlling for demographic variables, personality traits, social support, environmental factors, social integration, sensory functions, presence of pain, prescription pain medication use, body mass index, and health conditions. The finding highlights that use of prescription sleep medications may be an important risk factor of physical inactivity in diabetic older adults.