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Moderate exercise can help improve quality of sleep

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Regular exercise, even in moderate doses, can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep.

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Regular exercise, even in moderate doses, can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep. A new poll from the National Sleep Foundation has found that those who exercise every day are more likely to report high-quality levels of sleep than self-proclaimed couch potatoes. According to psychcentral.com, only 39 per cent of respondents who don't exercise every day say that they regularly have "a good night's sleep", compared to two thirds of those who do. The poll also rubbished the myth that exercising late at night can be disruptive for sleep. According to patch.com, those questioned were just as likely to have a good night's sleep regardless of what time they worked out. The results could encourage those who are too busy to exercise to invest in a garden gym. The accessibility of such an investment could make it simpler for these hard-working individuals to fit in time for a workout. In an interview, the study's lead author Max Hirshkowitz claimed that even the smallest amounts of exercise could be worthwhile once it's time to hit the sack. He said: "If you are inactive, adding a 10-minute walk every day could improve your likelihood of a good night's sleep. Making this small change and gradually working your way up to more intense activities like running or swimming could help you sleep better."

Author:

Joe Elvin

6th March 2013