Effects of Exercise on Sleep in Women with Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review

Ellyn E. Matthews, Dalton W. Janssen, Dilorom M. Djalilova, Ann M. Berger

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Sleep deficiency is common and distressing for women with breast cancer throughout the care continuum. This article describes the scope and quality of evidence related to exercise interventions to improve sleep in women with breast cancer. Fifteen studies met the criteria and 12 were judged to be excellent quality. The most frequent intervention was walking, primarily during the time of chemotherapy. Eleven studies reported postintervention improvement in sleep deficiency. Most yoga, qigong, and dance intervention studies reported no differences between groups. Emerging evidence exists for the effectiveness of aerobic exercise to improve various sleep outcomes in women with breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-417
Number of pages23
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Breast cancer
  • Exercise
  • Intervention
  • Sleep deficiency
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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