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Better Sleep, Get Moving!

Posted by on Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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Ready to be a super-steadfast sleeper? Then it's time to get physical.

In a study of people with insomnia, those who broke a sweat by adopting an upbeat exercise program saw a greater improvement in their sleep than the folks with less-active hobbies.

Something About Sweat
The key to the better sleep results? Perspiration. The exercisers in the study didn't just take a couple of strolls in the park. They trained for several weeks until they were able to do four 30-minute workouts a week at about 75 percent of their max heart rate. That means jogging, brisk walking, or riding a stationary bike at a good clip -- anything that gets the heart rate up and makes talking tough. The vigorous exercisers also reported less daytime sleepiness and fewer symptoms of depression as a result of their efforts. (Try doing this before bed to fall asleep faster.)

Feeling Good, Feeling Sleepy
The other group in the study spent comparable amounts of time on nonathletic activities, like going to museums or attending classes. Enlightening, maybe . . . but not a boon to sleep, it turns out. Seems exercise may be particularly useful for improving sleep because it elevates mood. And that's a good thing, because depression and blue moods are little-known sleep stealers

Kelly, Fall 2008 babies! Group Owner

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by on Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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runner-mom
by on Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Heck yeah I believe it! I sleep like a ROCK!  You can wake me up and I'll fall back asleep within seconds, LOL! the only time I have trouble sleeping lately is if I get incredibly OVER tired, and that's the worst.....

SaintsMamma
by on Nov. 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM

BUMP!

My2Munchkinz
by on Nov. 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Absolutely!  It wakes you up during the day and lets you sleep wonderfully at night!  I couldn't do without it :).

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