Fitness Tips: Daily exercise may help with a good night’s sleep
January 23, 2018
Exercising at regular times each day may help you get a better night’s sleep.
Getting seven to nine hours of sleep can help reduce the risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression, according to the National Institute on Aging.
"Lack of sleep and poor-quality sleep are linked to memory problems, forgetfulness and more falls or accidents," according to the NIA website.
While more research needs to be done, regular exercise seems to be particularly helpful for people who suffer from chronic insomnia — difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep.
Exercise triggers an increase in body temperature, and the post-exercise drop in temperature may promote falling asleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Because exercise may also affect circadian rhythms — or a person’s body clock — deciding when to exercise is also important.
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"For people with insomnia due to the timing of their body clock, exercise may shift its timing, depending upon the time exercise is performed," according to the NSF.