Quality sleep is fast becoming but a luxury for many. What if we told you that almost 70 million Americans experience a sleep disorder? Indeed, insomnia remains the most notorious sleep disorder, with about 30 percent of American adults having short-term insomnia.
Not the best news you want to hear, but worse, insomnia can take a toll on you both physically, and mentally. In some extreme cases, insomnia can severely deteriorate your daytime life quality, which could trigger unfortunate incidences either from poor judgment, or accidents.
Well, the good news is that exercise can improve the quality of your sleep. Studies have shown that specific exercises can slash the time you stay up at night, reducing the interval it takes you to fall asleep. These exercises trigger the relaxation response, which suppresses a heightened sense of awareness thanks to a rush of calming hormones that wane your nervous sensitivity.
Such exercises also stabilize your demeanor, resulting in a mental decompression process that naturally transitions the individual to a state of rest. With the right exercise regimen, you can significantly reduce the symptoms associated with insomnia like depression, heightened arousal and anxiety.
For some individuals, their insomnia is triggered by their circadian rhythms, commonly seen as the internal body clock. The standard circadian clock is regulated naturally by the cycle of light and dark. This spans the typical 24 hours of a day. Therefore, people with circadian rhythm disorders would suffer from sleep malfunctions like chronic insomnia and over-early waking. It is exciting to learn that good exercise can healthily…