Did you know that 35-40% of people struggle to get to sleep or struggle with sleepiness throughout the day?
We all know that sleep is important in terms of performance at work and for other activities, but did you know that exercise may play a role in improving sleep? Research looked at sleep quality and duration in individuals that completed 150 minutes of exercise a week. They found that sleepiness and fatigue decreased by 65% in those who completed 150 minutes of exercise. The researchers found that regular exercisers had reported a better quality of sleep where ‘slow wave sleep’ was prominent. Slow wave sleep is the deepest and most restorative stage of sleep.
Exercise also allows you to cope better with stress, which may also be a cause for people struggling to get to sleep. Those who struggle to sleep well at night for sustained periods of time, or those who don’t get enough sleep lead themselves to be susceptible to weight gain and increases in appetite. The hormone leptin decreases in production, leading to weight gain and a larger appetite. Not only does a lack of sleep affect the body physiologically, but psychologically as well. It affects emotion, leading people to become moody, withdrawn and aggressive. It also impacts concentration, with a lack of sleep causing a lack of concentration. It also affects work performance as many tasks may take longer under fatigue and stress.
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