Being active ‘assists with good sleep’

Aerobic exercise during the day can help people get a good night's rest, an expert claims

Aerobic exercise during the day can help people get a good night’s rest, an expert claimsAerobic exercise during the day can help people get a good night’s rest, an expert claims

Individuals who are active and take regular aerobic exercise tend to experience better sleep than those with more sedentary lifestyles.

Quoted in an article for Reuters, Dr David Davila of the National Sleep Foundation explained that although it is not understood why exercise helps people sleep, it appears to improve rest.

Spending time in beds can be improved, he suggested, by including an aerobic exercise routine in daily activities and warned that the effects of “low-grade sleep deprivation” can burgeon.

He said that, if people miss out on rest because they are too busy, they tend to “have more car accidents and what they call ‘presentee-ism’, or poor performance, at work”.

The Little Rock, Arkansas medical practitioner’s comments come after a study by Northwestern University in Chicago found that exercise helped to improve the quality of sleep in older women.

Research showed that regular activity appeared to reduce insomnia in a group of middle-aged and older adults, as well as improving the mood and vitality of subjects.

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