Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Exercise is Key

Posted 07/12/2013 | By HealthCorps

The National Sleep Foundation conducted a 2013 Sleep in America Poll, which gathered information from adults ages 23-60, on the subject of exercise levels and sleep qualitySome findings include:

  • Over 75% of the exercisers said they had fairly good sleep in the weeks prior to the poll.
  • Only 55% of the non-exercisers reported fairly good to good sleep
  • Vigorous exercisers rarely experienced insomnia
  • Half of non-exercisers said they woke up during the night, and 24% struggled to fall asleep every night or every other night
  • Individuals who sat for less than 6 hours during the day, reported very good sleep quality

What is the take-away message?  Daily exercise, especially vigorous exercise can help you to fall asleep, stay asleep and experience deep sleep.  Additionally, you should get up and move around if your job involves mostly sedentary time.  These efforts can all combine to help you sleep!

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