One extremely important thing that we absolutely need in our life is sleep. I cannot stress
the importance of sleep in our everyday lives. It helps our mental clarity, our recovery from
workouts, and our mood. Sleep often eludes people so they wake up drowsy, cranky, and not as
alert as they should. One thing that can improve our sleep quality is exercise.
Exercise improves sleep quality. Sleep quality is described as more restful sleep. When
we exercise, the amount of time we spend in deep sleep or REM sleep increases. This is the most
physically restorative sleep phase. This deep sleep also boosts immune function, heart health,
and can help to control stress and reduce anxiety.
One of the biggest issues facing America’s sleep problem is not enough sleep. It is
recommended to get at least 8 hours. A majority of the population gets way less than this. This
contributes to decreased mental alertness and a feeling of weakness all day. One thing that
improves this is exercise. When we are physically active we expend energy therefore we feel
tired and want to rest. Studies show that a CONSISTENT routine will boost sleep duration more
that scattered exercise.
Stress can be caused by sleep problems which causes worry and can contribute to feelings
of anxiousness. This is easy to combat as moderate intensity exercise can trigger anti-anxiety
responses in the brain. Exercise programs such as yoga can help to relive stress and relax. Yoga
can also reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels that have a positive effect on mood.
So we see the benefits are quite positive but how can we implement exercise into our
daily lives. Here are a few tips to help us get more exercise in our day as well as more sleep at
Morning exercise boosts our deep sleep when we go to bed. Getting up before work to get a little jog or going to the gym to lift will help when you go to sleep that night. Just be careful and warm up properly as there is an increase chance of injury when the body is cold.
If we want to maximize our workouts, work out later in the day after work. Our physical performance peaks later in the day.
If fat loss is one of your goals, working out before breakfast can help. Keep the intensity lower and make sure you refuel after the workout.
As we can see, sleep is absolutely important to our health. If we feel we aren’t getting enough,
then exercise might be the cure.