Sleep Better

Your Goal Is To Get More Sleep

One way to help you sleep better is to pay particular attention to the amount of exercise and physical activity you are getting during the day.  The more active your body is during the day the more likely you are able to relax fully at night and fall asleep easily.

With regular exercise your sleep quality is improved and the transition between the cycles and phases of sleep becomes smoother and more regular.  Keeping up your physical activity during the day may also help you deal with the stress and worry in your life.

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Exercise For Better Sleep

Studies indicate that there is a direct correlation between how much we exercise and how we feel both emotionally and physically by changes in our brain chemistry that occur from regular exercise.  Try to increase your physical daily activity during the day.

The goal here is to give your body enough stimulation during the day so that you are not restless at night.  Our bodies require a certain amount of physical activity in order to function in a healthy manner.

The ideal time for you to exercise is in the late afternoon or early evening.  You want to expend your physical energy long before it is time for you body to rest and ready itself to sleep better.  Attempt to exercise at least three to four times a week for a continuous period of 20 to 30 minutes.  This can include something as simple as walking or something as strenuous as running.  The goal is to increase your heart rate and strengthen your lung capacity.

There are many types of aerobic activities to choose from.  These include running, biking, using a treadmill, jumping rope and dancing.  Some non-aerobic activities may be beneficial to you as you attempt to solve your insomnia problem.  The following activities are relaxing and have other healing properties:

  • Yoga has a stimulatory effect on your nervous system, particularly the brain.  Yoga uses breathing techniques and yoga postures to increase blood circulation to the brain center, promoting regular and restful sleeping patterns.  Regular practice of yoga will relax you as well as relieve stress and tension.
  • Tai Chi is a form of breathing and movement that was developed by ancient Chinese monks.  The movements involved in Tai Chi are precise and slow, which is ideal if you have joint pain or are unable to participate in high impact aerobic exercises.  Studies have shown that Tai Chi may help people with insomnia by promoting relaxation.

If you find that you have no time to exercise on a regular basis try sneaking extra moments of activity into your daily schedule.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.  Try parking your car around the corner and walking that extra block to your appointment.  There are many small ways that you can incorporate some added activity into your life.

Your goal is to have a healthy, well balanced, life and sleep better with the help of regular exercise.

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