Sleep. The thing none of us do as much as we need. But there are simple ways to improve your sleep and sticking to an exercise routine. Working out is both great for your mind as well as your body and is also essential for getting in a good sleep routine.
The Science of Exercise and Sleep
Scientists don’t exactly understand why physical activity helps with sleep and may never completely understand the connection. However, they do know that moderate aerobic exercise is directly connected to increasing the slow-wave sleep you get. Slow-wave sleep is the stage of your sleep cycle where your brain and body has the chance to rejuvenate.
Another way exercise may aid in improved sleep is due to mood stabilization. Nearly any level of activity has an effect on an individual’s ability to regulate anxiety which can help you get to sleep faster.
When to Exercise for Improved Sleep
The timing of your exercise routine may matter as much as how you exercise. Some people find that physical activity that occurs close to their bedtime seems to keep them up all night. This makes sense due to the fact that physical activity jump-starts your metabolism which makes you feel energized. Additionally, your body releases endorphins when you exercise which can cause you to feel alert and promotes brain activity. Because of this, it is best to exercise earlier in the day.
How Much Exercise Do You Need?
People who exercise for at least 30 minutes a day see a marked difference in their sleep habits and sleep quality. Fortunately, it won’t take very long to see the difference and the benefits should be almost immediate.
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