We have now covered meditation, smart snacking and natural remedies to help improve sleep. Let’s turn to one recommendation that often has people confused. Exercise Adequately. A lot of people we talk to say, “exercise, I barely have enough energy to get dressed in the morning and now you want me to work out?”. Yes! Referencing the same article written by Jodi Helmer, lets take a look at exercise and how it can help improve your sleeping habits.
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In addition to burning calories, working up a sweat can improve your experience between the sheets. Just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week is all it takes to sleep better, according to research published in the August 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. “Exercise burns stress hormones,” Bongiorno explains. “It’s a wonderful tool to improve sleep naturally.” And it’s not just blood-pumping workouts that help. Yoga poses such as Downward Facing Dog and Child’s Pose are also linked to more restful slumber. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that a daily yoga practice improved sleep quality and duration for participants with insomnia because the slow and focused movements help lower cortisol levels. Bongiorno notes that other gentle exercises like qigong and tai chi have similar effects on sleep.
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