Exercise improves Sleep Quality

A number of clients expressed this week that they sleep much more soundly on exercise days. It made sense, work more physically and the body needs to recover more deeply.

There are plenty of articles on this subject. They generally say the same thing.

Importantly, don't exercise too soon to bed time. Supplements such as magnesium also can help calm the central nervous system and relax muscles for better sleep.

US National Sleep Foundation

People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity.

The study, out in the December issue of the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity , lends more evidence to mounting research showing the importance of exercise to a number of health factors. Among adults in the United States, about 35 to 40 percent of the population has problems with falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness.

US Mayo Clinic 7 Benefits of Exercise

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

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