Exercising for better sleep

Sleep

Sleep. The one thing we fought as a child but now can’t seem to get enough as an adult. Most health professionals would recommend that the average adult should get seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but what is one to do when getting a good night’s sleep is difficult? Some may turn to sleep aids or counting sheep, but exercising may help get you and the sandman on the same page.

According to Charlene Gamaldo, M.D., medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day can help the body and mind reach deeper and more restful sleep. Gamaldo suggests that if you workout before bed do so one to two hours before your desired bed time, giving your body enough time to unwind and process the endorphins (happy feeling chemicals) and clear them out of your system. For more information about exercise and sleep please click here. Here’s to better sleep.

 

Source: John Hopkins