Can the gym improve your sleep?

March 27th 2019

Did you know, having a bad night sleep can have a negative impact on your health? Research suggests that among other things, lack of sleep can increase your risk of obesity, reduce athletic performance and also can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

For those of you who struggle to switch off at night or find yourself tossing and turning then we have good news! Not only is getting enough shut eye great for improving your overall mood but as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, such as cycling or swimming, can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep, especially when done on a regular basis.

So here is how getting active can help you get those extra few hours’ sleep.

Reduces stress and relieves anxiety

Stress and anxiety is commonly associated with sleep problems, including trouble falling asleep and feeling restless during the night. Exercise is highly recommended for mood disorders. Why not try mind-body exercises such as yoga or pilates to help you get active whilst relaxing. The less stressed you are feeling, the more peaceful you will sleep.

Helps with insomnia and other sleep disorders

A study from 2010, found that moderate intensity aerobic exercise had a positive effect as a natural therapy for insomnia and improved sleep quality in insomniac subjects. It is also suggested that introducing exercise as a regular part of your life will provide long term benefits on your sleep.

Improve quality of sleep

Keeping active can contribute to a less restless and interrupted sleep. Exercise increases time spent in a deep sleep, this is the most physically restorative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps to boost your immune function and support cardiac health.

Reduces the time it takes to fall asleep

A study from 2012 found that exercise was linked to a significant reduction in the time it takes for you to fall asleep.  So, if you’re having trouble switching off at night get yourself down to the gym and you’ll soon see the benefits of keeping active.

So, if you’re waking up without feeling rested it seems pretty clear that introducing physical activity to your daily routine can only improve the length and quality of your sleep. Why not pop into one of our gyms today or check out our exercise classes and start reaping the benefits.