Effects of Tai Chi Chuan practice on sleep quality


  • Pedro Jesús Jiménez Universidad Politécnica de Madrid




Tai Chi Chuan, sleep disorders, sleep quality, quality of life


Aim: This paper reviews international studies on the effects of Tai Chi Chuan (a.k.a. taichi, taiji or taijiquan) on sleep with the aim of clarifying the research framework, which are its causes and effects.

Method: The literature search was carried out on the basis of seven international databases on October 2011.

Results/Conclusions: The review works on the subject are scarce and address a small number of studies, while specific works confirm that tai chi chuan produces a significant improvement over the stability (sleep disruption) and quality (efficacy and duration) of nighttime sleep, and an overall improvement on daytime sleep, although to enjoy these benefits its required a minimum of practice. The physiological causes that lead to this improvement are still to be determined.


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Author Biography

Pedro Jesús Jiménez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Pedro Jesús Jiménez es Doctor en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte y profesor de la asignatura Tai Chi Chuan en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte-INEF de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Se inició en la práctica del Tai Chi Chuan estilo Yang en el año 1993; fue practicante de TCC estilo Chen en el Círculo del Retiro con el profesor Liang Puwan (2004-2009), y del estilo Yang con el profesor Haoqing Liu en la Escuela Superior de Chikung-Taichi Haoqing Liu y Medicina Tradicinal China (2008-2011). Director de diferentes cursos de TCC y Chi Kung en la FCAFYD-INEF de la UPM (2007-2011). 1º Dan de Kendo y 1º Dan de Iaido. E-mail: pedrojesus.jimenez@upm.es.


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How to Cite

Jiménez, P. J. (2012). Effects of Tai Chi Chuan practice on sleep quality. Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 7(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.18002/rama.v7i1.41