Exercise More, Sleep Better.

30 Apr

More than 70 million Americans suffer from some type of ‘sleep issue’, from insomnia to sleep apnea, the list is endless and unforgiving. As we all know, a lack of sleep can and does lead to very bad things such as increased risk of both heart attacks and strokes. Sleeping a solid 7 hours a night is imperative for our minds and bodies. Most Americans do not get the 7 hours they need and this is due to a multitude of things, stress being one of the main causes. Since we know that exercise helps reduce stress levels all around, can exercise also help us catch more shut eye? Let us explore…

When 2000 Americans were polled about their exercise and sleep habits, researchers found that the people who got the recommended amount of daily exercise reportedly had an easier time falling alseep and staying a sleep. They also reported less cramping in their bodies at night while sleeping, had an easier time staying focused during the day and did not suffer from trouble concentrating while they were tired, as the non exercises admitted to. As of now, they are not sure how or why the exercising group managed to get better sleep through exercise but these few things were noted. Those who exercise tend to have a lower body weight which makes it easier and more comfortable for us to sleep. The exercisers also got the added benefits of their bodies actually being tired enough to need the sleep to recover from the exercise, hence the fact that they remained a sleep through the night. Let us not forget the the reduction of stress, depression and anxiety that come from exercise would make anyone sleep easier at night.

So no matter how often you do it, when you do it or where you do it, just do it. Exercise your way to a deeper more fulfilling sleep and reap the benefits of better skin, a healthier body and a happier you 🙂

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2011-12-02/Study-More-exercise-could-make-for-better-sleep/51580450/1

http://www.strengthforcaring.com/manual/comfort-and-relaxation-sleep-better/sleep-better-with-exercise/

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2 Responses to “Exercise More, Sleep Better.”

  1. davebrown9 April 30, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    When I was attending college back in the early 70s I found that my sleep requirement dropped to about 5 and a half hours after I adopted a potent vitamin/mineral regimen. In 1977 I sustained a back injury at the beginning of my carpentry career and decided to study nutrition. By that time I was married and had stopped supplementation due to the expense. In winter my sleep requirement went back to 7 hours but in summer when I was active, getting more exercise, and consuming lots of fresh garden produce, sleep time diminished again. I did some reading and learned that, during sleep, the metabolism kicks into high gear and the cellular machinery replenishes biochemicals that are utilized when one is awake. I recall a study in which researchers reported that 9-year-old girls expended less energy while watching TV than while asleep.

    I used to think that both exercise and nutrients impacted my sleep requirements. I reasoned that exercise made my cellular machinery more efficient.
    But now I’m not so certain. I suspect my mineral-rich diet has more impact than exercise because during periods of minimal exercise I still only need slightly more than five hours of sleep.

    • Author April 30, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      I most def think that well fueled people can go one less sleep and still be productive and coherent.
      Having the proper foods in your system changes the whole game, so many ‘issues’ become irrelevant!!!

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