According to the National Sleep Foundation, those who exercise regularly report better quality of sleep than those who don’t work out. This is not something to brush aside. A combination of eight hours of sleep and at least 30 minutes of activity every day has been shown to improve your mood, mental focus, and overall health. That is something we all want! Let’s dig a little deeper into this.
Your Body Needs Exercise and Sleep
We all want to have a great night of sleep each and every night. You may be surprised that what you do during the day has a big effect on whether you can achieve this or not. No, this doesn’t mean you need to work out until you’re overly exhausted. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or riding your bike, can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep, particularly when done on a regular basis. Of course, yoga is one of the best exercises for getting your body in shape and helping you fall asleep too.
Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases how long you sleep uninterrupted. Exercise may also improve sleep in other, less-tangible ways. Exercise has been known to reduces stress, so you’re not quite so worried when you lay your head on your pillow. Plus, it tires you out!
When is the Best Time to Work Out?
You would be forgiven for now thinking exercising at night is the healthiest thing to do. The opposite is true! Morning workouts are the best choice for those who want to stay consistent, as getting them done right away prevents you from pushing them aside on a busy day. But working out in the early hours provides the bonus of deeper sleep at night. In fact, people who work out on a treadmill at 7:00am sleep longer, experience deeper sleep cycles, and spend 75 percent more time in the most reparative stages of slumber than those who exercise at later times that day. Keep in mind that if you exercise outdoors in the morning, you're also getting a nice dose of sunshine. This in and of itself helps to regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
Remember, your body follows a natural circadian rhythm, and by keeping a consistent sleep schedule, you reinforce this and make your time in bed falling asleep a “natural” thing for your body. The process of going to sleep is highly dependent upon behaviors. As you incorporate a plan to work out each and every morning, you are setting yourself up for a great routine! At night, be sure to include quiet activities in the period before bedtime, like perhaps drinking a cup of lavender tea, journaling, and climbing into a soothing bath. When you do that every day, you’ll be happy, healthy, and well-rested.
Your Sleep Plays a Big Role in Your Health
When it comes to sleep and exercise, there is no question that working up a good sweat is an important ingredient for getting a good night's sleep. And this is a very big deal! Your efforts to be healthy should extend beyond eating a well-balanced diet of fresh foods and getting the exercise your body needs to stay strong and lively.
Your body, mind, and soul will feel better at the end of the day when you climb onto your PranaSleep premium mattress! You need to exercise in order to sleep well, and you to sleep well in order to be all-around healthy. It’s as simple as that! Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. After your first night spent on a PranaSleep, you won’t believe how well-rested and refreshed you feel! Restorative bliss, the kind of sleep your healthy lifestyle needs, is a night on a PranaSleep mattress away!
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