Doctors say there is a link between sleep and exercise.
Houston — Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? We might be able to help. In our series with UT Doctors, we look at how exercise can be the key to getting those extra Z’s.
You’re not the only one who can’t sleep. According to the CDC, one in three of her adults is not getting enough sleep. A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that exercise could solve sleepless nights.
“It helps people fall asleep faster and helps them sleep deeper,” said UT physician Dr. Sudha Tallavujahula. “It releases a lot of endorphins and all of the feel-good hormones that people really need to minimize anxiety.”
Cardio and stretching are some of the best workouts to help you sleep.
“For most people, the morning is usually the best time to exercise,” said Dr Tarabu Jafra.
If your schedule only allows for an evening workout, that’s perfectly fine, as long as you don’t have a hard time unwinding after your workout. A frame is recommended.
Moderation is key. And if you have trouble falling asleep, be careful what you eat and when you eat. Try to stop eating 2-3 hours before you call it night.
You can read more about our series on health issues here.
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