Are you waking up groggy? Not getting enough or good quality sleep? A regular exercise program can help with that. Studies show that people who exercise four or more days each week have improved sleep quality, sleep longer and require less time to fall asleep. Even a true couch potato can see improvements with just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise each day. A regular exercise routine also can reduce symptoms of restless leg syndrome. If you are at risk for sleep apnea, daily exercise can help reduce this risk. It is recommended, though, that you end your workout at least two hours before you plan to hit the hay. Keep a journal noting your exercise program, sleep pattern and the way you feel when getting up each morning, and make adjustments to your program as necessary.
Bridget R. Sanders, PTA
The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s Physical Therapy Department