Who doesn’t want more shut-eye? According to a study in the journal Sleep Medicine, people who had insomnia were able to stay asleep an average of 85 more minutes per night after working out consistently for four months. This is because sleep works to repair tissues and conserve the body’s energy. The more energy you expend working out, the more sleep you’ll need.
Physical activity helps you spend more time in deep sleep. Deep sleep, which is the most physically restorative phase of sleep, is necessary to control stress and anxiety, boost cardiac function and bolster the immune system.
If you often get into bed only to find that it takes ages to fall asleep, exercise could help you fall asleep faster. A 2012 study found that people who did moderate to intense exercise (like aerobics or HIIT) fell asleep faster on average. Exercise also reduces stress and anxiety, so you’re less likely to stay up worrying.
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