Sleep among Obstetrics and Gynecology Trainees: Results from a Yoga-Based Wellness Initiative.

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DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1728838


OBJECTIVE:  This study aimed to determine the feasibility of using a wrist-based fitness tracking device to assess sleep among Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) trainees who engaged in a yoga-based wellness program. We also sought to evaluate the effects of yoga on sleep.

STUDY DESIGN:  A quality improvement initiative consisting of an 8-week wellness program of weekly yoga classes, nutrition, and physical challenges was implemented for OBGYN residents and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows. The Polar A370 fitness tracker device was provided and synced to the Polar Flow for Coach program for inclusion. Data obtained included total and restful sleep from each night the device were worn. Pre- and post-assessment of the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) were compared. Linear mixed models were used to estimate and test the effect of yoga on sleep while controlling for on-call shifts.

RESULTS:  Of the 15 participants who synced their device, 13 (87%) were included for analysis. Sleep data from 572 nights were analyzed. The mean (SD) total sleep was 434.28 (110.03) minutes over the 8 weeks. A minimum of 7 hours (420 minutes) of total sleep occurred 59.3% of the time. After controlling for Friday or Saturday night on-call, those who attended yoga class had a significantly greater total sleep (yoga: 425.14 minutes [41.89], no yoga: 357.33 [43.04] minutes;

CONCLUSION:  Wearable fitness monitors provide insight into sleep patterns displayed during training and can serve as a tool to identify those who are sleep deprived and assist in the evaluation of trainee wellness. Training programs are encouraged to provide access to yoga and mindfulness interventions to improve sleep and possibly clinical performance.

KEY POINTS: · Yoga improves trainee sleep by approximately 60 minutes.. · Total and restful sleep are reduced during night float rotation.. · Trainees obtained 7 hours of sleep approximately 60% of the time..

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American journal of perinatology





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Female; Pregnancy; Humans; Gynecology; Obstetrics; Yoga; Sleep; Exercise


Pregnancy; Gynecology; Obstetrics; Yoga; Sleep; Exercise

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