Monday, October 21, 2013 • Odessa, TX 79765
Too tired to exercise? You don’t sleep well at night? Exercise habits have been highly correlated to your sleeping patterns. We have all heard over and over again the endless list of benefits that exercising can do for you. Lowering your anxiety levels and helping with stress management are two of those benefits and oftentimes lack of sleep can be caused by high anxiety and/ or high levels of stress. Good sleep doesn’t cause everyone to suddenly have the urge and discipline to exercise; yet exercising does result in a better night’s rest. The National Sleep Foundation did a study on “exercisers” versus “non-exercisers” and the correlation to claiming that they had a good night’s rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation greater than three fourths of the exercisers asked, claimed they had a good night’s sleep over the past two weeks. However only fifty six percent of the non- exercisers stated that they had a good night’s rest over the past two weeks. Undoubtedly this poll shows a strong relationship between exercise and good sleep. Does the intensity of exercise affect the quality of sleep? Vigorous exercise is proven to be best for a satisfying slumber, however moderate or light exercise still ranks above those who don’t exercise at all. Sitting less will also lead to a better night’s rest compared to those who sit more than eight hours a day. Getting up and moving during your work day can help break the consistent sitting up if you have a desk job. Allotting time for exercise throughout your work day can benefit you as well. Allow time for yourself to get up and walk around your office, grab some water at the water fountain or get up and stand while talking to your co-workers. The time of day you exercise doesn’t affect the quality of your sleep either. No matter if you are an eager early morning exerciser, lunchtime lifter or a late night runner exercise will benefit your sleep quality just the same. The time of your workout doesn’t impact the effects on your sleep, just making sure you do exercise is the key. Beyond just the quality of sleep, exercisers reported to have the least amount of issues with things such as insomnia, sleep apnea, heavy snoring and the inability to fall asleep at nights. Exercising increases energy levels and part of this energy increase comes from sleeping better at night. So if you are having trouble sleeping at night first take a look at your exercise regimen. Do you even have one? Is it not consistent throughout your week? Do you need to increase the intensity of your workout to achieve that vigorous level of exercise? Are you sedentary throughout your day? Do you find yourself sitting most of the time? If so, start moving! Not only will you increase energy but catching Z’s won’t be nearly as challenging and you will be much better rested.