5 Ways To Exercise for A Better Night's Sleep
We're still thinking about everything we learned about the connection between stress and sleep in the latest Mattress Firm study — Dozed and Confused: Why Americans Have Trouble Sleeping. Our research found that many Americans are so stressed that it's negatively impacting their quality of sleep.
If you're overworked and over stressed, it can be overwhelming to make the necessary changes to improve your health. Plus, it sometimes seems like the definition of what makes a "healthy lifestyle" changes every day. From quinoa to kale, it's easy to get caught-up in health trends, but when in doubt, it's always best to return to the basics: healthy diet, exercise and sleep.
Keep it Simple
A healthy balance between these three important pillars can directly lead to you feeling full, fit and well-rested. Sometimes the only thing keeping you from a productive day is a good night's sleep. Lack of quality sleep can lead to feeling groggy and fatigued.
So, what is one simple way to improve your sleeping habits? More exercise.
But before you jump on the treadmill, the Mattress Firm team wants to share a few things to consider when exercising that may actually improve your quality of sleep:
1. Exercise in the Morning
Rather than having that second cup of coffee, try going to the gym in the morning for an energy boost. Researchers have concluded that exercising can improve one's ability to sleep soundly as well as decrease sleepiness during the daytime. Start the week with some #MondayMotivation to help you maintain energy levels during the day, while also helping you fall asleep easier at night.
2. Any Exercise is Better Than No Exercise
Even a quick walk around the block can help ward off sleep apnea. In a recent survey, non-exercisers were found to be at a greater risk for sleep apnea, with 44% at moderate risk of the disorder. Don't snore and be a bore – find some time for physical activity during the day to help prevent a disruptive night of sleep.
3. Get Into a Routine
It's a two-way street; exercise affects sleep and sleep affects exercise. The long-term relationship between these two is undeniable. Although, studies show that they get along even better when regulated. Basically, if you want to hit the hay on-time on a regular basis, you also need to hit the gym regularly too.
4. Every Bit Helps
Not only can exercise help prevent heart diseases and diabetes, but it can also help prevent this common sleep disorder. More than 2/3 of exercisers said they rarely experience symptoms of insomnia after working out. Who knew that more sweating meant more sleeping?
5. Can't Decide What to Do? Choose Aerobic Activity
Once you get to the gym, make sure you are doing the best activity you can to ensure a restful night of sleep. Whether you are walking, swimming or cycling, aerobic exercise has been proven to radically improve sleep quality. Even if it's not done continuously, try to include 15 to 45 minutes of exercise to your daily routine.
So, if you're having trouble sleeping or want to get back into a healthy routine, consider regular exercise as a solution. Mattress Firm knows a new exercise routine may not be easy to get used to but the benefits of increased energy, improved health and a better night's sleep are worth a quick trip to the gym!
If you have any health conditions or physical injuries, be sure to always talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.