The Effects of Exercise on Insomnia

So here’s another article emphasizing one of the numerous benefits of being physically active on a regular basis. It has been found that exercising on a regular basis improves sleep patterns in those who suffer from chronic insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is important to understand that these findings were not based on a single day of exercise, but were the results of long term routine exercise. Exercise may not have an immediate impact on your sleep but your body will grow accustomed to your new lifestyle changes and adapt accordingly.

Chronic sleep disorders that involve trouble initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, and waking up too early without the ability to fall back asleep, have all been shown to improve as a result of regular exercise. Those who have chronic sleep disorders usually experience heightened anxiety before sleep. Exercise has been shown to be an effective anxiety relief which in turn allows for a better night’s rest. On the other hand, sleep inducing supplements have side effects that may be detrimental with long term use.  Therefore, exercise is the more natural and safe remedy to improving poor sleep patterns and disorders.

It has been found that those who are physically active have fewer complaints about sleeping problems that those who live sedentary lifestyles. Some suggest that low levels of physical activity are associated with higher levels of insomnia and other sleeping disorders. One study conducted by King et al., examined the acute effects of moderate physical activity on elderly. They found that within a 12 month period, those who were moderately activity on a consistent basis, showed significant improvement in sleep onset and felt refreshed, as reported in their sleep logs.

In conclusion, sleep is a great anxiety relief that will promote a good night of sleep. If you are suffering with chronic insomnia or have trouble staying asleep throughout the night, moderate physical activity may be the prescription you need. Go for a walk and get your blood pumping. Among the numerous other benefits of being physically active, sleep is another great excuse to break out in a sweat. It’s for your own good.


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