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A good night’s sleep is the foundation for good health. And yet, so many of us find it hard to fall and stay asleep.When was the last time you woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the day? If you’re struggling to remember, know that you’re not alone. In fact, around one in every three people in the UK is thought to suffer from insomnia (NHS).

Fear not. There are a number of things you can try to improve your sleep and one of the most effective is movement and exercise. Plenty of scientific studies have proven the relationship between exercise and good sleep. Committing to exercise could get you into a wonderful sleep-exercise cycle that leaves you feeling energised and well-rested.

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
    Anxiety and stress are sleep’s biggest enemies. Regular exercise and movement can help ward off the worries that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. When you exercise, your brain releases feel good chemicals that help to combat stress and anxiety.
  • Tires your body out
    Moving during the day, even if it’s cleaning the house or walking to the shop, can increase your sleep drive and reduce sleep onset - the time it takes you to fall asleep. The truth is, the more you move, the more your body pushes you to sleep at night. This is not a matter of working yourself to exhaustion, but instead committing to some movement every day.

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Disclaimer - all information in this article was correct at time of publishing.


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