Are you on a regular exercise program? If not, now is a great time to start. Not only will moderate exercise (like jogging) more frequently have positive effects on your mood and body image, it may also help you sleep better. Researchers aren’t exactly sure on why moderate exercise helps improve your sleep duration, but here are some theories:
- Exercise alters your body temperature. Your body temperature may increase slightly with exercise, after you finish you cool off and become more comfortable.
- Exercise could change circadian rhythm. If you are set in a certain sleep pattern, exercise may help you get back on a regular sleep routine.
- Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. Anxiety can cause frequent wake ups during the night. By exercising and reducing anxiety, you could help stop these episodes.
While we may not fully understand the science behind it, moderate exercise is a great way to start resting better. Try to exercise at least a couple hours before you go to bed, and make sure to consult your physician before you start a new exercise program.