From physical perks like improved energy levels, lowered risk for heart disease, and muscle toning to mood improvements, exercise offers countless benefits to the body and mind.
At the same time, daily exercise has a positive impact on how you sleep.
A study published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science demonstrated this connection. Using a combined treatment program with physical exercise and sleep education.
The study confirmed that “duration of PA (physical activity) is significantly related to the improvement in subjective sleep measures and therefore reveal an independent effect within this combined sleep program.”
Analysis of the subjects’ sleep diary data also found that recuperation of sleep and the number of awakenings after falling asleep also improved throughout the program. When surveyed, about 50 percent of the participants stated that physical activity contributed to their improvement.
With this in mind, it’s safe to say that synergizing exercise and sleep together can make a significant difference in your health. After all, more sleep can contribute to improved immunity and focus, as well as a healthy weight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Not sure how to establish a healthy routine that successfully balances exercise with sleep? For this guide, SleepMoment tapped five pros to break down practical tips for aligning sleep and exercise habits—including recommendations for what time of day to exercise. They also explained how exercise can provide relief to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia.