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Getting More Exercise Can Lead To More Restful Sleep

Mar 18, 2008
The amount of physical exercise you get during the day is one of the key ingredients in enabling you to fall asleep at night and get a good night's rest. The more active you are during the day, the faster you will fall asleep at night and the more well-rested sleep you will get.

By exercising regularly, you'll see an improvement in the quality of your sleep and the cycles and phases of sleep will become smoother and more regular. Regular physical activity may also better enable you to deal with the stress and worries of your life.

Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between how much we exercise and how we feel after we've finished our workouts.

In order for your body to continue functioning in a healthy manner, you need to have a certain amount of physical activity during the day. This means you should not be exercising 3-4 hours before going to bed.

Ideally, you should exercise in the late afternoon or early evening hours, as this will allow you to expend your physical energy long before your body readies itself for sleep.

You should try to exercise for around 30 minutes at least 3-4 times a week. This can include walking or some similarly simple activity. You can include more strenuous activities like running as well.

The main goals of your workouts should be to increase your heart rate and increase the capacity of your lungs. By exercising on a regular basis, you will improve your overall health and your emotional well-being as well.

Running and walking are not the only physical activities you can utilize to increase your level of physical activity. If you are having trouble sleeping, aerobic exercises are your best option to help improve the quality of your sleep.

Running, biking, running/walking on a treadmill, dancing, and jumping rope are all good activities to help you increase the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream.

There are some non-aerobic exercises that can also help you overcome amnesia, including yoga and Tai Chi.

Yoga has a stimulatory effect on the nervous system, and especially on your brain. Yoga utilizes breathing techniques and different postures in order to increase the blood circulation to the brain, which will promote regular and restful sleep patterns. Performing Yoga on a regular basis will help you relieve tension and stress.

Tai Chi is an ancient art of breathing and movement that was developed by Chinese monks. It involves slow and precise movements, making it ideal for people who have joint pain and/or are unable to participate in high aerobic exercises. Research has shown that Tai Chi promotes relaxation, which can help people overcome insomnia.

If you don't have time to exercise on a regular basis, you should try to add moments of activity into your schedule whenever possible. For instance, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or bicycle to work instead of driving there 1-2 times a week. Park your car in a spot further away from your destination in order to increase the distance you walk to and from your destination.

These are just a few examples; it's likely you can come up with more small ways to increase the amount of activity in your daily life. Remember - every little bit of activity helps to improve your health and sleep.
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