3 ways exercise can help you get better sleep

Want a better night’s sleep? Exercising is the solution.

Here are three ways exercising can help you get great sleep:

1. It improves sleep quality. You’ll get more time for a deep sleep which boosts your immune system and supports cardiac health.

2. It lowers stress and relieves anxiety. Stress is the number one cause of sleep problems. Mind-body exercises like yoga or stretching can lower stress, blood pressure and help better your mood.

3. It helps with insomnia and other sleep disorders. Exercising is the natural treatment for insomnia. It helps lower the symptoms as well as treats sleep apnea and disordered breathing.

But don’t overdo it. Studies show that too much exercising can lead to sleep difficulties.

The recommendation is 150 minutes a week, 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

"Exercise and Sleep" should be the new "Netflix and Chill!"

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The scent of lavender is known to be very relaxing and can help you get to sleep at night. 

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Shut off the screens

Avoid being on your computer, phone or e-reader before going to sleep. Studies have shown the use of these items before bed can decrease the quality of your sleep.

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Melatonin supplements 

Taking sleeping pills sounds scary to many people, but melatonin supplements are like a sleep vitamin, giving you a little extra of the naturally produced hormone. 

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Stick to a schedule

Going to sleep and waking at the same time every day helps your natural sleep/wake cycle. You sleep much better when you go to bed when actually drowsy and wake naturally at the same time each day. 

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Regular exercise, even as little as 20 mins a day can help you sleep better at night. 

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Skip the afternoon nap

Taking a nap during the day can exasperate insomnia for many people. 

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