Friday, April 6, 2012

Taking exercise will help you sleep better

We all know it. 

Many of us remain in denial about it.

But the cast-iron evidence points to the fact that it’s true.

Taking exercise is good for us.

And it’s no different when it comes to sleep. Research has shown that people who are physically fit and active have a better quality of sleep.

Now you don’t have to become a slave to the gym, but exercising just three times a week for 20-30 minutes will have a noticeable impact on the quality of your sleep. As well as your overall fitness and well-being. Anything that gets your heart pumping – walking the dog, swimming, a bike ride - should do the trick.

But take care to avoid strenuous exercise in the evening and certainly just before bedtime. Exercise temporarily arouses the nervous system and therefore, taken late in the day, can lead to problems achieving and maintaining sleep.

The bedroom might be the only place to keep the exercise bike, but don’t hop onto it just before bed!

Top tip for a great night’s sleep: Ummm...well...errrr, it's a bit obvious given the above but...take some exercise.   

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