Today’s blog comes from Eugene Gabriel. Take it away Eugene …
You’ve got to work out to be healthy and in shape.
That’s a given.
But every day we come across articles that wax lyrical about how exercising can help you be more active, feel better and get stronger. But did you know exercise can also help you sleep better?
Yes, you heard that right. So now, you can add another reason to find time to fit working out into your daily routine.
Exercising regularly can do wonders for sleep quality. You’ll go to sleep faster, wake up fresher and ready to take on the world, and it’ll help you fit right back into that pair of jeans you loved but were too afraid to try out at the store. If that’s not a win-win situation, I don’t know what is.
Ever had one of those nights when you just can’t seem to fall asleep?
You toss and you turn, while your mind runs amok like a crazed hamster on its wheel.
Your restlessness is caused by anxiety. You lie awake with your thoughts that range from the presidential candidates to wondering if tomorrow will be the dawn of the Zombie apocalypse.
We know that exercise helps relieve anxiety, so if you’d been exercising and preparing yourself to fight through the zombie outbreak (kickboxing is a pretty good choice of exercise given the situation), chances are that you’ll feel less anxious after the workout and sleep will come easier to you.
Exercise is a proven way to relieve stress, alleviate depression, and to constructively utilize excess energy, which in turn helps you get better sleep. If your mind isn’t overthinking and you don’t have pent up energy left by the time you hit the sheets, you should have no trouble falling asleep at night.
So whether it’s a recent breakup, your boss breathing down your neck at work or, your cat just not reciprocating your attempts at affection (don’t worry, they rarely do when you want them to,) a good nights sleep can make it all better.
Sleep scientists1 (Yes, that’s not something we just made up) have been trying to find out the relationship between exercising and the quality and duration of sleep for years.
Studies indicate that maintaining a healthy daily workout and exercise routine has a huge impact on the quality of sleep. So much so, that exercising can be considered to be among the 10 commandments of getting quality sleep. But before you get all worked up and get ready to put on your running shoes and sweat pants for an impromptu marathon, you might want to know that working out is only going to help if done consistently.
A study2 conducted by sleep researcher Kelly Glazer Baron at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 2010 and published in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, included a sample group of individuals who had been diagnosed with clinical insomnia. Half of them were told to remain inactive while the other half were assigned three to four, 30-minute workout sessions per week. The participants exercised for a total of 16 weeks.
After the conclusion of the study, participants who were exercising consistently reported improved quality of sleep.
They found it relatively easy to fall asleep compared to the participants who weren’t exercising at all.
The exercising participants reported getting up to 1 hour and 25 minutes more sleep. They felt more active, fresh and less sleepy throughout their day. The study also reported that if the participant had a poor night’s sleep, the workout session tended to get shorter and if the workout session was a long one, the night’s sleep got better. With a consistent workout session, insomnia among individuals got better.
Before you jump the gun and start creating elaborate 2-hour workout plans, here is what you need to know.
Including a healthy exercise routine in your schedule is a healthy alternate to drugs for insomniacs and people experiencing disturbed sleep. The benefits are not only related to sleep, but also an individual’s mental and physical well being as well. Start a regular workout today.
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Here’s something else I was thinking …
I always sleep so much better when I’ve had a BIG load of carbs before bed.
There’s a reason why they call it a ‘carb coma’ and not a protein coma or a fat coma.
The sad thing is, I used to think carbs before bed were bad, and a surefire way to stop fat loss in its tracks, or even make you pile on pound after pound of ugly, unsightly blubber.
Thing is, it doesn’t.
In fact, eating carbs before bed can actually help your fat loss. And not just ‘clean carbs’ like brown rice and oats either, we’re talking donuts, pizza, cereals, and my favourite – ice cream.
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