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Exercise Consistently to help with Insomnia

Regular exercise can help you sleep more soundly, but be patient. Results won’t happen overnight. Stick with it for lasting results.

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If you spend your nights tossing and turning, or you take hours to fall asleep, begin an exercise plan. Regular physical activity is a wonderful prescription for insomnia. However, one sweat session on the treadmill isn’t likely to lead to better zzz’s that night. Researchers have found that, though effective, exercise is a long-term treatment for insomnia. So you’re going to have to keep at it and not get discouraged. Also, “You need to be careful about when you exercise,” says Michelle Drerup, PsyD, sleep psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center. “Remember that exercising too close to bedtime (within three hours) can interfere with sleep. Exercise stimulates your heart, brain and muscles — the opposite of what you want if you’re trying to snooze. It raises your body temperature right before bed, which can be counterproductive as well. But I still promote exercise for people with sleep problems, and here’s why: Contrary to what most people think, exercise can help you sleep longer and more soundly, plus feel more awake during the day. People who are physically fit also have better quality sleep.”

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source: the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Center

 

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Good Morning, Sunshine!

To fight fatigue and function better on less sleep, open your curtains the minute you wake up.

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Did you spend the night tossing and turning? Luckily, one restless night isn’t likely to hurt your health — though you may not feel so energetic the next day. To feel better on less sleep, open your shades as soon as you wake up (even if you just crawl back into bed). Or, even better: Go outside for a walk. A big burst of sunshine first thing in the morning (even on a cloudy day) can reset your internal clock, wipe away grogginess, and help you function better throughout the day.

source: Cleveland Clinic Wellness

 
 

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