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How Exercise Affects Sleep Part 1

how exercise affects sleepExercise can provide you with many benefits including increased overall health, more energy, and less stress to name a few. In fact, exercise has also been shown to help you sleep better. This is good news for all of us given that quality sleep is essential for increased health and wellness, but this is even more significant for those that suffer from sleep disorders.

That’s right! Exercise can help you get a more restful night sleep!

So let’s take a look at how exercise affects sleep and follow up with how exercise can help you sleep better in general.

Individuals That Suffer From Insomnia

While Kelly Glazer (a clinical psychologist and sleep researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University) was conducting research, she found that exercise could have a positive effect on those who suffer from insomnia. In her research she looked back to a study originally published in 2010. This study showed that individuals suffering from insomnia who followed a regular exercise program slept at least 45 minutes more each night than those who did not.

The interesting thing about this study is that the results did not happen overnight, but by consistently following an exercise routine over a period of four months. This goes to show that exercising consistently has yet one more health benefit offered to those who take advantage of it. Also note that 45 minutes or more a night is significant compared to other sleep disturbance treatments including drugs.

Individuals With Regular Sleep Habits

If you generally have good sleep habits, you can also benefit from the affects exercise has on sleep. Regular exercise has been shown to increase the likelihood of getting a restful night sleep.

If you think about it, this just makes sense. When you exercise, your body undergoes stress. Because of this stress, your body needs to recover and as I mentioned in last week’s article, your body recovers best while you are asleep. This need for recovery results in a more restful sleep at night.

Now, if you weren’t following a regular exercise routine before reading this article, this gives you one more reason to start. If you are looking for an exercise program that is easy to start, can help you achieve your goals, and doesn’t require a ton of time, the Ideal Shape Up Challenge may be a great fit for you.

Get signed up and start sleeping better today by going visiting the Ideal Shape Up Challenge sign up page.

By Wes Young

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