Effect of Pilates on sleep quality and quality of life of sedentary population

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013 Jan;17(1):5-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.10.001. Epub 2012 Nov 20.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of an exercise program based on the Pilates Matwork method on sedentary volunteers who self-reported changes in their sleep quality and quality of life. This was a prospective clinical study, in which the variables (level of sleepiness and quality of life) were compared before and after applying a protocol of 12 weeks of an exercise program (2 sessions per week). The level of sleepiness showed significant improvement between before and after the intervention (p: 0.04). Quality of life improved based on all of the emotional components and the physical components (p < 0.05) with the exception of the physical domain (p: 0.09). The results of this study indicate that the sedentary population who participated in this 12 week Pilates program experienced improvements in sleep quality and quality of life.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Brazil
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Exercise Movement Techniques / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Young Adult