Exercise for Better ZZZZ’s

It is well known that exercise can help you sleep better. There have been multiple studies done showing that increasing your physical activity can lead to decreased insomnia and can improve sleep patterns. You may think that it is obvious as to why you will sleep better after a good workout. However, there a numerous physiological reasons for why exercise improves sleep.

Many people have trouble falling asleep simply because of the daily stress in their life. You may lay down just to find your mind racing for hours before you can actually fall into a deep sleep. Exercise decreases muscle tension, stress, and stimulates the release of endorphins and epinephrine which will improve mood. A recent study published in the Sleep Medicine journal showed that individuals who suffered from poor sleeping patterns not only experienced a better night’s rest after a regular exercise program but also reported feeling better overall. Their moods improved and they had more energy during the day. Exercise also improves heart and lung function and increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain. This comes even more into play in people who suffer from sleep apnea and experience breathing problems at night.

Throughout the day your body temperature slightly increases and then decreases again at nighttime. A decrease in body temperature is actually a signal telling the body that it is time to sleep. Exercising for at least thirty minutes will increase your body temperature for 4 hours or more and will lead to a compensatory decrease in temperature when you are ready for bed. This will help you to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.

If you are interested in starting up a new workout program to help improve your ZZZ’s, call Fitness Together at (330) 702-1311.

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