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EXERCISE DECREASES INSOMNIA!!! (Just one more reason to GET MOVING!)

Posted by Patti Sciulli on August 22, 2019

For most people who have trouble sleeping, there’s a simple cure: EXERCISE. In fact, when researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine asked sedentary adults with insomnia to exercise 20-30 minutes every other day in the afternoon, participants reduced the time required to fall asleep by half, and increased total sleep time by almost 1 hour.

Working out regularly has been shown to reduce episodes of insomnia, and improve sleep quality by producing more regular transitions between the cycles of sleep. What’s more, exercise offers many other mental benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Sharpens your brain
  • Eases tension
  • Produces “feel good” brain chemicals (endorphins)
  • Releases epinephrine, the happiness hormone
  • Increases deep sleep

Moderate exercise lasting 20-30 minutes 3-4 times a week generally results in better sleep and more energy. You may have to find your own exercise rhythm — some people can exercise any time while others do better if they work out in the morning or afternoon. But vigorous exercise during the day and mild exercise before bedtime will not only help you fall asleep and stay asleep more easily, but will also increase the amount of time you spend in the deepest sleep phase.

A 30-minute workout is only 2% of your day- NO EXCUSES!

Good night- Sleep tight!

—Patti Sciulli, Group Exercise and Wellness Director

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