Physical Activity Improves Sleep
It might not surprise you that physical activity improves sleep, however, with the start of the Olympics, you might have been encouraged to replicate the habits of your favourite athletes. Whether it’s starting to cycle, taking up an evening jog, or my personal favourite, devouring 1,000 chicken nuggets, you’ll be pleased to know that your new sporting hobbies will be encouraging better sleep (OK, not the 1,000 chicken nuggets!).
A recent study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that activities such as aerobics, biking, gardening, golfing, running, weightlifting and yoga or pilates are associated with an improved quality of sleep.
Whilst this information might not come as a surprise, the study also declared that those who simply walked saw an increased quality of sleep compared to those who did not.
As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime slumber. Those who exercise also dramatically reduce the risk of suffering from a troublesome sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.
If you’re looking to significantly improve your sleep quality, you should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, as this found a 65% improvement of sleep.
Whether you want to fall asleep quicker, stay asleep for longer, or simply reduce the chances of suffering a sleeping disorder, you will see an instant improvement in your sleep once you start regular exercise.