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The benefits of balanced daily routines on sleep patterns and ageing

Apr 27, 2024

Daily activities, including sleep, physical activity, and sedentary behavior, interact within a 24-hour period, impacting sleep quality among Australian children and adults. Using compositional data analysis, the research emphasises the importance of considering the full day’s activity composition to promote better sleep health.

January 2024 – Sleep Health


Key takeaways


  • Activity balance is crucial: It’s important to manage the composition of daily activities, including sleep, physical activity, and sedentary behavior, within a full day cycle. Achieving a healthy balance can significantly enhance sleep quality, which is integral for maintaining overall health and functional ability with age
  • Impact of physical activity: Engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity not only improves physical health but also enhances sleep efficiency and reduces fatigue. This positive effect on sleep contributes to better recovery and restoration processes, which are vital for ageing bodies and minds
  • Effects of sleep timing: Prioritising adequate sleep by adjusting bedtimes and wake times can lead to more consistent and regular sleep patterns. This regularity is beneficial for the body’s internal clock and can improve long-term health outcomes, critical for ageing gracefully and maintaining cognitive functions
  • Comprehensive approach: Considering the interplay between all daily activities rather than focusing on one aspect, such as physical activity or sleep duration alone, offers a holistic strategy to optimise sleep health. This approach recognises the importance of how daily activities influence each other, promoting a lifestyle conducive to longevity and better quality of life as one ages


Read the article at: Matricciani, Lisa, et al. “Time Use and Dimensions of Healthy Sleep: A Cross-sectional Study of Australian Children and Adults.Sleep Health, 2024,