Millions of Americans are affected by sleeping disorders, but adding a workout to your routine might help alleviate your nighttime woes. According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, people who reported participating in regular exercise also reported having the highest quality sleep.
Nearly fifty percent of respondents who reported no physical activity also answered that they have very bad or fairly bad sleep quality. By adding light exercise–as little as a ten minute walk per day–the amount of people reporting poor sleep was cut in half, to just over twenty percent. People who participated in vigorous exercise every day had the lowest occurrence of poor sleep. It was also shown that those who did not exercise were more prone to daytime sleepiness while driving, eating, or participating in social functions.
The poll also asked its respondents how many hours per day were spent sitting. Unsurprisingly, those who spent the most time sitting also had the worst quality sleep at night. It is clear that there is a direct correlation between the amounts of exercise you do and the quality of sleep you experience. Adding physical activity, even just a small amount, can help you get that “shut eye” you most desperately need.