Physical Fitness Can Improve Your Sleep

By Shirley TienAugust 22, 2023

Physical Fitness Can Improve Your Sleep
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Whether it’s due to stress or insomnia, getting adequate or restful sleep can be very difficult for many people. Adding physical activity to your daily routine is one strategy to improve sleep. Exercise makes your body and mind more tired than if you were sedentary, so falling asleep to regenerate will come easier.

The Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, recommends jogging, lifting weights and doing yoga to improve the quality of your sleep. “Among older adults, several forms of exercise appear to help improve sleep,” wrote Dr. Michael Breus. “These include aerobic exercise, resistance training, yoga and tai chi. However, one study found that mind-body exercises such as yoga or tai chi were most effective and offered additional benefits like improved mood and mental health. Exercising the mind as well as the body may enable more restful sleep.” It’s best to exercise for at least 30 minutes and no less than three hours before bedtime.

Exercise is a natural and simple way to aid those who struggle with sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, “Moderate to vigorous exercise can increase sleep quality for adults by reducing sleep onset—or the time it takes to fall asleep—and decrease the amount of time they lie awake in bed during the night. Additionally, physical activity can help alleviate daytime sleepiness and, for some people, reduce the need for sleep medications.”

Physical fitness not only improves your sleeping habits but also can build confidence. Visit Ready and Resilient to learn more tips and tricks to enhance your health. You will find insightful ways to adjust to a lifestyle that works for you.