Exercising regularly has many benefits, including a lower risk of diseases, improved physical function, and a higher quality of life. One of the most common benefits is improved sleep quality.
Physical activity during the day can help reduce daytime sleepiness and, for some, may decrease the time it takes to fall asleep at night. Whether you implement a workout in the morning or in the evening, people who engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic exercise daily may see a difference in the quality of their sleep the same night.
It’s a good idea to find a workout you enjoy doing that will help you stick to a routine. Finding an activity that can elevate your heart rate, helping to create the biological process in the brain and body that contribute to better sleep quality.
Studies suggest that insufficient or poor sleep quality can lead to lower levels of physical activity during the day, so optimizing your exercise routine and getting adequate sleep will promote healthier physical activity.
Getting exposure to natural light helps your body establish a good sleep-wake cycle by telling your body when to be alert and when in the day to start winding down.
Daily exercise can also relax you and fight off things that keep you up at night. This is because the feel-good chemicals released when you exercise naturally combat stress and anxiety.
Other tips to improve sleep quality:
- Avoiding caffeine after lunchtime and in the evening
- Avoiding alcohol before bedtime
- Avoiding nicotine before bedtime
- Putting away your phone or turning off the tv 30 minutes before bed to allow your mind to wind down
- Having a set bedtime routine
For more tips and ways to improve your sleep quality contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.