January 20, 2019
Exercise for Sleep
Wellness Tip

Exercise for Sleep

by Berkeley Wellness  

To get a better night’s sleep, exercise regularly. In a national survey, people who met federal exercise guidelines—at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 90 minutes of vigorous activity a week—were much less likely to report frequent daytime sleepiness compared to those exercising less.

They were also less likely to have trouble falling asleep, wake up too early or have leg cramps while sleeping.

This was true even after the researchers controlled for factors such as age, weight, health status and depression. Still, they couldn’t rule out “reverse causality”—that is, it may be that people who sleep better are more willing and able to exercise.