Are you trying to sleep? Exercise can be the key

Doctors say there is a link between sleep and exercise.

HOUSTON. Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep? There might be something there that might help. In our series with UT Physicians, we’ll look at how exercise can be the key to getting those extra Z’s.

If you have trouble sleeping, you are not alone. According to the CDC, one in three adults don’t get enough sleep. A Mayo Clinic study found that exercise could be the answer to sleepless nights.

“It helps people fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality,” said Dr. Sudha Tallavujahula of UT Physicians. “It releases a lot of endorphins and all those feel-good hormones that people really need, which can minimize anxiety.”

Cardiovascular exercises and stretching are some of the best exercises to help you sleep. How long you sleep is also a factor.

“For most people, morning is usually the best time to exercise,” said Dr. Tallavujahula.

If your schedule only includes evening workouts, this is perfectly fine, unless you have problems relaxing after a workout. Doctors then recommend three to four hours between exercise and sleep.

Moderation is key. And, if you are a person who finds it difficult to fall asleep, be mindful of what you eat and what time you eat. Try to stop eating two to three hours before the end of the night.

You can see more in our Health Matters article series here..

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