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Exercises That May Improve Your Zzz's

Reason number 4,597 to finally commit to regular exercise: It’s been proven time and again to improve your nightlife (sleep, that is). People who work out both drift off faster and wake up less during the night, netting better overall sleep. And that means waking up feeling more refreshed—and more likely to have the energy to exercise the next day. See how that works? If you don’t already have a regular activity habit, here are some great ways to sweat your way to sweeter dreams.   Go for an after-dinner walk. If you’re looking for instant results, consider walking. Even a single bout of moderate exercise, like walking, helps adults with chronic insomnia fall asleep faster and…

How Exercise Affects Sleep

A good workout can help you get great shut-eye. Want to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more rested? Get moving! As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. What’s more, exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. What’s The Exercise/Sleep Connection? Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it reduces stress and tires you out. Early morning and afternoon exercise may also help reset the sleep wake cycle by raising body…

Exercise at This Time of Day for Optimal Sleep

Tweak your workout time to maximize those zzz’s. Among its many benefits (decreased stress, weight control, disease prevention, etc.), exercise is important for good sleep. And it turns out that when you choose to work out might your impact sleep. Is it time to change your habits? Find out, below. Rise, Shine, and Sweat Morning workouts are usually the best choice for those who want to stay consistent, as getting them done at the crack of dawn prevents you from pushing them aside when you’re hit with the demands of the day. But working out in the early hours has another bonus: deeper sleep at night. In fact, people who work out on a treadmill at…

Don’t Skip The Gym (And Other Things to Know About Sleeping During Your Period)

Sleep well—even with pre-menstrual and menstrual symptoms. Classic pre-menstrual and menstrual issues—such as headaches, cramping, bloating, and anxiety—can prevent a restful night’s sleep for somewhat obvious reasons: Pain and discomfort make it difficult to sleep well! And, it’s an unpleasant cycle. Lack of sleep can lower your pain threshold. This unfortunate pattern leaves many women tired and uncomfortable in the days before and in the days during their monthly periods. There are even additional, subtler ways that sleep can be harmed by the menstrual cycle. Biological changes like shifts in hormone levels can lead to increased core body temperature. Luckily, you can get ahead of—and minimize—many of these issues if you stick to some good daily habits…

Nighttime Exercise Routines

Learn which workouts will boost your sleep. Until recently, nighttime workouts and sleep were considered a bad match. The consensus was that late-evening exercise would rev the body too much before bedtime, promoting sleeplessness. The truth is, you can do any type of exercise at night, as long as the workout doesn’t interfere with your slumber. (People who have sleep disorders, on the other hand, should avoid nighttime exercise.) The following low-key exercises may be particularly good to try before bed, because they help you let go of all the stress that you likely accumulated throughout the day and they allow you to activate, stretch, and relax your muscles to relieve tension. When both…

Best Yoga Poses for Sleep

Learn to counter stress and other sleep disruptors with these moves. You know that glorious restfulness and peace that you experience at the end of a yoga class, when you relax while lying on your back? Ahhhhhh. Now that’s bliss. While you probably can’t attend a formal yoga class every evening, you can do a few moves each night to cultivate a taste of that nirvana as you prep for sleep. In fact, a daily practice may be an excellent way to improve your slumber and, at the same time, manage stress. Yoga and other mind/body modalities, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, are called “practices” because their repetition helps train the mind and body to…