Can Pilates Improve Sleep?

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 14, 2014

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Pilates offers more than good exercise for the body; consistent practice leads to real improvements in life quality, notably better depth and quality of sleep, says recent research. A preliminary study with 30 young adults showed that participating in two 1-hour Pilates mat classes per week for 12 weeks improved both sleep quality and life quality. Subjects were healthy, inactive adults aged 20–24, who provided self-reports on how the Pilates tice affected these factors.

Study authors noted that while the protocol resulted in benefits for practitioners, the sample size was small and there was no control group. More research is warranted. The study appeared in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2013; 17, 5-10).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at