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Exercise your way to a good night’s sleep

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 Having problems getting a good quality sleep? Perhaps you might want to consider exercise as the solution.

 A study shared that people rated themselves as having higher quality of sleep if they exercised at least 150 minutes a week. The study believes that regular physical activity can be a positive factor when it comes to sleep.

Physical activity serves as a stressor to the body and the brain is “persuaded” to let the body rest longer to recover. A change in body temperature after exercise allows your body to sleep faster than the usual. If your body temperature drops, expect your body to feel more tired, eventually letting you drift off into sleep.

Here are some tips to help you exercise for good sleep.

Adopt a variety of exercise routines to prevent getting your body used to the same range of movements

The body is not as challenged by routines that it is used to. This will cause body temperature dropping lesser than usual and result in one less sleep trigger.

Incorporate different routines in your workout program

Try different sports from time to time to keep your mind guessing. It is better to have several exercise variations that challenges your current fitness level. 

Exercise in the late afternoon, early evening

For those who are suffering from insomnia, it is best to exercise during late afternoon. As much as possible, avoid exercising just before bedtime. Time is needed for your body temperature to drop and this might make sleep harder to come by.

Create a schedule of when you are able to exercise effectively on a daily basis

Have at least 15 to 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily. If you have a busy schedule, you can always break it down throughout the day. Perhaps take short walks in the morning and exercise in the afternoon.



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