How Exercise Helps in Better Sleep
Submitted by: Kya Grace
If you are leading a sedentary lifestyle and wondering why you are not getting enough sleep at night, the reason is pretty simple. Your body is not tired enough to go into sleep mode. Only when your body is subjected to hours of work and effort, it will need rest. Often it is desirable to overcome the need for sleep. To do that, you surely know how the stimulating effect of caffeine in your coffee promotes alertness and keeps you awake. However, there is no such direct solution if your problem is reversed to the point of not having enough sleep despite the need for it. Sleeping pills induce artificial sleep in you and only help in the short term with no proper remedy. The consumption of sleeping pills from day to day can build a vicious cycle of fatigue.
The most common cause of sleep disturbance is too little activity during the day. But in some cases even after the daily physical or mental exertion, you could be agonizingly awake. In extreme cases, it is a kind of insomnia. One side of you tries to sleep; the other keeps you from doing so. Often people affected do not sleep all night and are then particularly uncomfortable the next day. The day could seem very boring and burdensome if you don’t have enough sleep the previous night.
People affected by sleeping disorders are known to have a much higher risk of becoming chronically manic or depressive. Therefore, before it reaches a point when you have no other option but to seek medical help, workouts and exercises can be an easy and homely solution for your sleeping needs. Today exercises mostly follow a holistic approach to body, mind and soul to get in line. Such exercises and workouts combined with phases of deep relaxation, breathing exercises and meditation exercises help you achieve engaging slumber at night.
Exercises let you work on your fitness issues as well as your stress problems. Working out has had soothing and balancing effects on many people, and thus their sleeping disorders have been countered. Only a mind in the right frame and a body in the right shape can enjoy blissful sleep. By exercising, the muscular endurance, flexibility and balance of your body are enhanced.
Bodily application comes through the activation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood and lymph vessels to improve blood circulation. The back muscles are strengthened, resulting in improved posture during sleep. However, overloading or incorrectly performed exercises can also be harmful. So only work out as much as you can and as much you need.
Sleep, as we all know, is the best form of repose and relaxation for the human body. The so-called internal biological clock of your body calibrates itself to the day/night cycle and regulates your sleeping needs. So help yourself by following a simple daily 15-20 minute workout regime. The positive effects will be manifested when you rise and shine every morning after a splendid night’s sleep.
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