A recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation shows a significant association between exercise and better sleep. In this poll, self-described exercisers report better sleep compared to non-exercisers, by a rate of 67% vs. 39%. Exercisers also report less sleep problems like waking up in the middle of the night, and difficulty falling asleep in contrast to the 50% of non-exercisers who report these sleep problems.
A lack of sleep can lead to problems such as impaired judgment, over-eating, fatigue, and decreased productivity. Individuals categorized as non-exercisers also had a higher risk of sleep apnea, a medical condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep. This condition increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Not exercising and not sleeping can become a vicious cycle. Research published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine, states that exercise can help you fall asleep quicker and get you into a deeper sleep or delta cycle for a longer period of time. This is where you to feel more refreshed and rested for the next day. Furthermore, exercising has a multiple benefits such as reducing stress, and lowering your risk of chronic disease. If you need more sleep, increase your physical activity, and exercise to sleep better, "Feel Better and Live Longer!".
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC- Algoma