Whether you have trouble falling asleep or staying awake, regular exercise can help regulate your sleep cycle and help you sleep more soundly. Here’s why:
By Sasha Kildare
A University of California, Davis study published in the February 2016 Journal of Neuroscience reported that exercise increased the levels of glutamate and GABA, neurotransmitters, which are depleted in the brains of people with depression and anxiety.
Exercise increases the length of time you spend in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase.
Research indicates exercise helps to regulate hypersomnia.
Studies suggest that aerobic exercise, over time, may be particularly effective in helping with insomnia.
A regular exercise routine can help reduce your stress levels. High stress levels can make it difficult to fall asleep and difficult to sleep through the night.
Exercise can set off anti-anxiety responses in your body.
Studies indicate that exercise can help lower the severity of sleep-disordered breathing and may help to reduce the impact of obstructive sleep apnea.
Printed as “Exercise And Sleep”, Summer 2018
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